Saturday December 8, 2012

WILMINGTON -- Bright Lights rolls on through another weekend with a craft fair at Memorial Hall.

"It is a microcosm of the talent of our towns," said Linda Anelli, Bright Lights organizer.

The Bright Lights Craft Fair will have vendors and artists that will be selling everything from candles to photographs. Other crafts will include jewelry, scarves, paintings, glass ornaments, hats, mittens, woodwork, teddy bears, wreathes, hooked rugs, pressed flower art, pottery and more.

It starts Saturday 10 a.m. and will be open until 4 p.m.. Admission is free and proceeds benefit Memorial Hall restoration efforts. Last year’s proceeds went to the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley. Every year, organizers decide on a different place to donate the proceeds to.

Several dozen vendors will be on site for the second annual Bright Lights Craft Fair.

"The majority of the people do it for their livelihood. These are incredibly talented people who are devoted to their craft."

The artists and craftspeople represent towns within the Deerfield Valley. There will also been some vendors from other areas outside the region that want to share in this Bright Lights event.

Bright Lights is a winter-long celebration with events all over the valley. It refers to the lights that are displayed all around town, at people’s homes and businesses.

Maps will be available for those who want a guide to all the lights that have registered for the event. These driving maps will be out in the Deerfield Valley News next week and then again during Christmas week.

"Every night, there are more and more people lighting up. Businesses, even those who never participated before, are so generous with their time and effort. It’s grown like topsy."

Hundreds of businesses and residents have participated in the Bright Lights celebration.

On Friday night, there will be a concert at Memorial Hall and proceeds from it will go to the food pantry.

Anelli pointed out that everyone should drive around Dover to see the new snowmen placed all around town. There are a few on the Valley Trail, two at each ‘Welcome to Dover’ sign, two at the town offices and a few others that can be spotted.

"Those are a testament to Dover having the most devoted elves anywhere -- short of the North Pole."

Kathy and Jim Martin make the cut out designs for every year. Last year, they made gingerbread men that were put throughout Dover. The Martins have also put up greenery in town as well as trees at town hall.

For more Bright Lights events in the Deerfield Valley, visit brightlightsvermont.com.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.