Southern Vermont holiday bazaars and craft fairs
Brattleboro: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will once again offer unique artisan wreaths and greens on Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be the first time that the Bazaar will open its doors on Friday. Beautiful holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate the largest and smallest of spaces will be available for sale. Berries, cones and other natural contributions adorn the wreaths to make an artistic statement celebrating the beauty of our Vermont environment. Other handmade ornaments will be there to decorate the Christmas tree. On Friday, the children can make graham cracker, gingerbread houses for $3. 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.
Vernon: On Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., and 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 Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, 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.
Brattleboro: Begin your holiday shopping while supporting children. Strolling of the Heifers, Oak Meadow, and the Putney Area Homeschool Group present the 18th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 4 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Dover: Artists, crafters and vendors are needed for a Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 12 at the Dover Town Hall in East Dover from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Jeannette Eckert at email@example.com or 802-348-7910, or Linda Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-348-6361.
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.
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.
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