Holiday happenings in and around Windham County
Brattleboro: The Friends of Music at Guilford is hosting its 45th Messiah Sing at Centre Church at 193 Main Street on Dec. 5 starting at 1 p.m. All donations go to the Morningside Shelter and the Drop In Center. Bring a score or borrow or buy one at the door. Water available.
All Souls Bazaar
Brattleboro: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will offer unique artisan wreaths and greens on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders will be available for sale. Other handmade ornaments will be there to decorate the Christmas tree. Lunch is served on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a menu offering soups, bread and desserts. There will be baked goods including holiday specialties such as Stollen, and fruit cake, made with real fruit, candied, at the bake table. The Silent Auction will be open with many gifts such as theme baskets, maple syrup, hand knit item, and dog sitting. On the Green Team Table there will be homemade cloth gift bags, Fair Trade chocolate, coffee table books and some videos and DVD movies. All proceeds benefit the All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at West Village Meeting House. For more information, call 802-365-7388.
VES craft fair
Vernon: On Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Vernon Elementary School at 381 Governor Hunt Road hosts the annual Home for the Holidays Craft Fair, featuring dozens of artisans, chefs and artists. The fair also includes the Scholastic Book Fair and dinner and lunch.
Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host its annual Holiday Book Sale in the library on Sat., Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children's books and CDs will be on sale. There is a selection of holiday theme books and like-new children's books. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music, sports and many more subjects. On Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping for books purchased at the sale and intended as gifts. The Friends of the Library is also selling the very popular Book Lover's Calendar for 2016, which can be purchased at the library front desk for $10 each. All proceeds go to support the Library.
Artist holiday show
Brattleboro: Brattleboro-West Arts presents "17 Artists 3 Days" holiday show and sale at 118 Elliot St., Dec. 4 through 6. Fine art and craft that will be offered ranges from paintings, photography, and botanical drawings to pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry, metalwork. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6. Profiles of the participating artists, as well as other BWA members, are at www.brattleboro-west-arts.com.
Peace and goodwill dinner
Newfane: The NewBrook Fire and Rescue Department will be holding its 13th Annual Peace & Goodwill Dinner and Silent Auction Saturday, Dec. 5, at the firehouse located on Route 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and silent auction bidding beginning at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are: age 13 and up, $12; 6 to 12, $6; 5 and under, free. This annual event is a fundraiser for the all volunteer fire and rescue organization. The goal is to raise $5,000 to be used to purchase needed equipment. The organizing committee is seeking help with donations of new and used goods/services/gift certificates/handcrafted items/antiques/holiday items/cds/dvds, etc., for the silent auction. All used items need to be clean and in good working order. Sponsorships in the form of cash donations for The Peace & Goodwill Dinner will be greatly appreciated. Donors and sponsors who get their items/money to the committee by Dec. 1 will be guaranteed to receive acknowledgement in the event program. Anonymous requests will be honored. For more information, or to arrange a pick up of a donation, contact Polly Casanova, 802-365-7149 or PollyCas@myfairpoint.net, Cina Friend, 802-365-4228 or CinaPhoto@mac.com or Lauri Miner, 802-365-4194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guilford: Guilford Community Church invites everyone to its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, holiday baked goods, and many gift items will be for sale, including an array of stocking stuffers and white elephants. The raffle table will feature a handmade quilt, American Girl doll, gift certificates, a basket of Vermont products, and much more. Luncheon will be served and coffee and homemade pastries and muffins will be available throughout the day. All proceeds from the bazaar benefit the church, which actively supports numerous local programs and organizations serving the wider community.
Senior Center bazaar
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, located at 18 Tuttle Street, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 5, 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 Café, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature corn chowder, sandwich rolls and homemade pie. A beautiful quilt made by the Center's quilting group and a handmade afghan made by the center's Knit & Stitch group will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are available at $1 each or 6 for $5. The Christmas Cash raffle tickets are $20 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. 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.
Cotton Mill open house
Brattleboro: The 17th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty artists and artisans will showcase and offer their work for purchase. Besides artists, musicians, bakers, performers, and craftspeople based at the Cotton Mill, talented artists and artisans from surrounding communities have been juried to participate in this seasonal celebration of the arts. In addition, there will be a display of artwork by K-8 students from the Putney Grammar School. Handicap accessible. Free admission. Register for a free raffle food basket and purchase raffle tickets for additional products created by the participating artists and artisans. Visit thecottonmill.org for information on each participant and the schedule of performances and demonstrations.
Beyond the unicorn
Springfield: The Beyond the Unicorn Craft Fair promises to bring together some of the most talented crafters and artisans from New England and New York. The fair will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Riverside Middle School on Route 11 west. Sponsored by the Springfield High School Alumni Association, the fair has been one of the largest events in Springfield for many years. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marie Gelineau at 802 885-3579 or email@example.com.
South Newfane: The "Affordable Crafts Fair" will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, at the Old Schoolhouse. Items include ceramic bowls, beaded jewelry, hooked rugs, Italian cookies and much more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Northfield, Mass.: From baked goods to fancy boutique items, there will be something for everyone at the annual First Parish Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 5, at the church at Main Street and Parker Avenue. The fair is just one of three in downtown Northfield that day. St. Patrick's Church at 80 Main St. and Trinitarian Congregational Church at 147 Main St. will also have their annual fairs during the same hours. The church is seeking bakers willing to donate goodies wrapped and packaged for gift giving, as well as items for the silent auction and thrift table. Call 413-498-5566.
Brattleboro: The Christmas Craft Fair at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St, is set for Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., with a Christmas Boutique with items made by church members, Santa's Attic, Cookie Walk, food including waffles and corn chowder, live music, a Purple Table, craft vendors, and much more.
Pottery open house
Whitingham: Local pottery makes great gifts and Town Hill Pottery invites all to its annual Open Studio Holiday Sale, Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Studio potters Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom have both had a very focused fall season working in their studios and have exciting new work emerging from kilns. Come see many new forms (and glazes) including bud vases, serving platters and salt jars. Town Hill Pottery is located at 612 Town Hill Road. For more information visit www.townhillpottery.com or call 802-368-2807.
Historical open house
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Historical Society will hold an Holiday Open House at the Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the Col. Hinsdale house, built in 1759, will be given. Hearth cooking will be ongoing throughout the day. Weather permitting the public is welcome to stroll the grounds and a barn will be open displaying farm and fire equipment. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 for Adults and children under 18 years old free.
Vernon: The youth group of the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1002 Fort Bridgman Rd., will present a sacred concert on Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. A variety of music will include vocal and instrumental arrangements. The youth group is raising money for a trip to Kentucky to attend the "Youth for Christ" convention New Year's weekend. Following the concert hors d'oeuvres will be served. The silent auction will include wreaths, crafts, baked items and gift certificates. The suggested donation is $10 per person or $25 for a family but anyone is welcome to attend.
Santa and handbells
Saxtons River: The arrival of Santa Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. will signal the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River when the village Christmas tree is lit in front of the historical society. After the lighting, Santa will visit with the children and hear Christmas wishes at Main Street Arts, with hot chocolate and cookies provided by the members of the Nature Club. There will also be a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the village, with Mike Furgat at the wheel. Prior to the lighting, there will be a free handbell Christmas concert at 4 p.m. at Christ's Church. Additionally, the Saxtons River Inn will offer complimentary hot cider from 5 to 7 p.m., and the River Artisans Cooperative will hold a holiday open house from 3 to 5 p.m.
Jacksonville: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the home of Bill and Gail Eleck on Route 8A. To participate, bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for munching. Coffee and juice will be provided. The event starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Secret Pal Party at 2:30. For more information, call 802-368-2947 or 802-368-7173.
Westmoreland, N.H.: The Westmoreland Lions Club is hosting the Westmoreland Home For the Holidays event on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westmoreland School on Glebe Road. This one day event offers holiday gifts, children's items, decorations, and food items from Westmoreland and area businesses and groups. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wnhlions.
Craft for the homeless
Brattleboro: The Bratteboro Area Jewish Center invites the public to craft for the homeless on Dec. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Using traditional crafts, participants will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric. This event is suitable for adults, teenagers, and kids old enough to sit still and participate. Kids younger than 12 need to have an adult in attendance with them. For more information, visit www.BAJCvermont.org for more information or call 802-257-1959.
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Town Band and the Winchester Community Band will present a free concert featuring holiday standards on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Hinsdale Town Hall. For more information, contact Matt Kennedy at HinsdaleTownBand@gmail.com.
Wesminster: On Dec. 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the Westmoreland Town Band will present a Christmas Musical Extravaganza at the First Congregational Church, Route 5. A selection of Christmas music will be performed upstairs in the church. In addition, the Jolly O' Elf from the North will make a guest appearance. After the concert refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to meet Santa, the band, purchase a CD and visit with friends and neighbors.
St. Nicholas Day
Brattleboro: On Dec. 6 beginning at noon , St. Michael's Episcopal Church will celebrate St. Nicholas Day with a fair for all the family. This event honors Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, who was generous to seafarers and to sailors, and more especially to children. There is a lunch of soup and bread. At the fair, participants will have the opportunity to create ornaments for trees, door swags, goodies from the kitchen and gifts for members of the family. St. Michael's also invites youth from the community to join the parish in its own Vermont Nativity Pageant at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. For more information about the pageant, contact Annie Landenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave. is fully accessible.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center will showing "White Christmas" on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. For more information, call 802-257-7570.
Putney: Putney School students will host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet Benefit on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. At this interactive event, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw — just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. The event will take place at the Putney Central School on Westminster West Road. The banquet is a fundraising event for Oxfam America and the Putney Foodshelf. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and/or food donations for the Putney Foodshelf. For a successful event, the hosts need to know how many will be attending, so please reserve your place by emailing email@example.com.
Dover: Holiday Craft Fair 2015 on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m to 3p.m. at the East Dover Town Hall. Local artists and crafters will be exhibiting crocheted and knitted items, hooked rugs, jewelry, leather works, ornaments, paintings, photography, pottery, quilts, wood crafts and more. A luncheon cafe will be available as well as home-baked goodies. Proceeds to benefit the Dover Cemetery Association and the 6th grade class
Wilmington: The Bright Lights Craft Fair at Memorial Hall is on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will feature outstanding hand-crafted products made by area artists and crafters. Items include hand-blown glass ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, photography, hand-woven items, pottery, trivets, wine trays, hand-knitted scarves and mittens, collectible teddy bears, wrought iron items, soaps, woodwork, pressed flower art and much, more. After the craft fair, continue shopping throughout the day at participating downtown businesses to take advantage of specials offered to attendees of the craft fair. A list of participating businesses will be posted in Memorial Hall on the day of the craft fair. Proceeds from vendors' booth fees benefit Memorial Hall.
Newfane: Newfane Congregational Church on the common is hosting its annual cookie sale on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sold by the pound, placed in a box, and tied with festive ribbon.
Brattleboro: First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. is hosting a Holiday Bakery Sale, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Featured are homemade baked beans, pies, Christmas cookies, breads and candy. Also available will be mini gift tables, featuring affordable gently used or like new items suitable for Christmas gifts. There will be a children's cookie decorating table.
Brattleboro: The fourth annual Tuba Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. All tuba players are encouraged to participate, arriving at 2 p.m. for a short practice. For more information, call 802-254-4157.
Brattleboro: The local Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is scheduled in Brattleboro at Pliney Park on Dec. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. The Compassionate Friends lights candles in the memory of deceased sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. For more information, call 802-490-2326.
Vernon: On Dec. 13, from noon to 4 p.m., the Vernon Artisan Market will take place in five locations: the lobby of the Vernon Town Office Building at 56 Governor Hunt Road; Vermont Wood Studios at 538 Huckle Hill Road,; Nancy Renaud's Barn Door Wreaths shop at 3867 Ft. Bridgman Road; Donna Scully's painting studio and shop at 2887 Ft. Bridgman Road; and Bronna Zlochiver's Pacem Pottery studio at 69 Newton Hill Road.
West Brattleboro: On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association's numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro American Legion Band will give a Holiday Concert on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Linden Street. Free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting its Annual Cookie Swap at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street on Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Bring a couple of dozen home-made cookies and take home a plate full of a variety of scrumptious home-made cookies. Each person participating will leave with the same number of cookies they came with! Call the Senior Center with questions 802-257-7570.
Brattleboro: For seven years running, The Sweetback Sisters have been selling out theaters across the Northeast with their signature take on the holiday sing-along. Tickets are now on sale for the show in Brattleboro on Dec. 20 at the First Baptist Church. For more information or tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2466847.
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