Craft fairs and holiday bazaars

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BRATTLEBORO

- American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 5 will be holding its 25th Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 32 Linden St. Thirty-five vendors are expected and the Legion's kitchen will be open. All proceeds are used to support programs for veterans and their families. Any questions, or to inquire about being a vendor, call Lori Nelson at 802-380-6179.

- Christmas Craft Fair at Centre Congregational Church will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Currently seeking vendors for this event. If you are interested, contact Centre Church at 802-254-4730.

- The Outlet Center located at Exit 1 of Interstate 91 is hosting a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 2. In addition to the Outlet Center's well-established stores, the craft fair will offer everything from Christmas wreaths to screen prints to handmade bags and more. In addition, the Pampered Chef, Tupperware, LuluRue and 31 Bags will have booths and there will be a Brattleboro Union High School Booster Club table filled with school items.

- Come shop for the holidays at the Winter Craft Market in the Stone Church in downtown Brattleboro, featuring dozens of local vendors, on Dec. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items include jewelry, pottery, cosmetics, accessories, house wares and visual art, and face painting for the kids.

GUILFORD

- Guilford Community Church will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, holiday cookie platters, white elephants, and gift items will be for sale, along with a delicious luncheon of soups and sandwiches. Raffle items include a beautiful handmade quilt, American Girl doll, a basket of Vermont-made products, cut-your- own Christmas tree and other gift certificates, and much more. All proceeds from the bazaar benefit the church, which supports numerous local programs and organizations serving the wider community.

CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

Asbury United Methodist Church will host its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town hall on Route 63. The church will host a craft and food table along with more than 20 other local craftspeople from the region. A luncheon of soup, chili, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, sweet treats and beverages will be served. Proceeds from the fair benefit the church's missions and ministry, including Operation Christmas, which offers help to local families in need during the holiday season.

WESTMINSTER

- The Women's Fellowship will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5. The Christmas Shop will be open and will include crafts, candles, gifts, handmade items, collectibles, and homemade baked goods. At 11 a.m., Santa will visit. Children of all ages are invited to do a craft project and take a photo with Santa. Also starting at 9 a.m., the Christmas Caf will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee, tea and treats will be available in the morning and soup, chili, sandwiches, chips, and beverages for lunch. Come and get some early shopping done or just spend time with friends.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

- Christmas Bazaar: First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro's annual Christmas Bazaar is set for Saturday, Nov. 25. Booths will feature Christmas greens and ornaments from balsam wreaths to berry bowls, hand crafted gifts from baskets to hats, and wool gloves to afghans. In addition, there will be fudge, sweet and savory treats and preserves, and a display of doll clothes and embroidered sundries. The baked goods table will be brimming with fresh bread and pastries. Balsam sachets and bird feeders are also to be found. A kid's corner will feature pine cone bird feeders. The West Bee Nursery will be there with handmade soaps and lotions. Stop by and purchase your raffle tickets with items from maple syrup to quilts and homemade dolls, from rustic settee to Vermont cheeses to the ever-practical gift and gas cards. The drawing will be held just before closing at 1:30 p.m. Luncheon will feature our hearty corn chowder, and various sandwiches. Coffee and cider will be available all day. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

- On Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist will host its annual bazaar at the West Village Meeting House on South Street. Items include Christmas wreaths, swags and ornaments. There will also be a gift emporium and an opportunity on Friday for children to decorate cookies. Chili to go and a Saturday Soup Lunch at 11 a.m.

VERNON

- Vernon Elementary School will host the Home for the Holidays Craft Fair, Dec. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair features local artisans, chefs and artists and a Scholastic Book Fair. Food will be available.

GRAFTON

- Wreaths and Greens: The Grafton Historical Society will be selling indoor and outdoor holiday decorations this year for the first time to help raise funds to repair its museum's basement. The sale will take place on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grafton Historical Society's museum on Main Street. Hand-decorated live evergreen wreaths, swags, and outdoor planters will be featured on the museum's lawn, while inside small Christmas decorations, wrappings, gifts, and books will be sold.The sale will be part of the Grafton Holiday Festival week-end when businesses, museums and other organizations will be open to the public for holiday fun and events.

DOVER

- The 3rd Annual Dover Holiday Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Dover Town Hall in East Dover from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 14 local artists and crafters — hooked rugs, jewelry, photography, knit and fabric arts, decorative wood crafts, handcrafted chocolates, honey, soaps and lotions, birdseed wreaths and much more.

CHESTER

- One of the most festive events of Chester's Overture to Christmas is the St. Luke's Christmas Tea and Sale. Saturday, Dec. 2, Willard Hall will be filled with the sounds, smells and surprises of Christmas. Beginning at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., there is something for everyone. Delicious light sandwiches and scrumptious sweets cover the tea table where your choices of coffee, tea and hot spiced cider are poured by a hostess. Fill your plate (more than once) for $8 and join friends at inviting little tables festively decorated to eat and chat. Little hostesses come by with trays of goodies. Beforehand or after lunch, shop at Grandma s Attic for little collectibles, check out and choose handmade ornaments and Christmas decorations, and take home some specially baked goodies from the Bake Table. There are always pleasant surprises like quilted pieces, painted items, candles, and other crafts and art. St. Luke's is located at 313 Main St.

BELLOWS FALLS

- The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, located at 18 Tuttle St., will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features knitted and hand-sewn items, arts and crafts, white elephant sale, jewelry, holiday decorations and ornaments, all available on our second floor. The first floor will feature homemade baked goods, raffles and the Elf Caf , which is open from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. and will feature soup, hot dogs, sandwich rolls and homemade pie. A beautiful quilt made by the center's quilting group will be raffled off. Quilt raffle tickets are available at $1 each or six for $5. The Christmas Cash raffle tickets are $20 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. We will be awarding over $1,000 in cash prizes. All raffles will be drawn the day of the event. Tickets are still available at the center's office which is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The center is handicap accessible and we have a lift available to take you to the second floor. Ample parking is available.


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