Southern Vermont holiday bazaars and craft fairs

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Guilford: The 16th Annual Guilford Studio Open House at Carol Schnabel's weaving studio is scheduled for Nov. 20 and 21 and includes painting, photography, puppets, mosaics, maple products, beadwork, weaving. Free refreshments. At 410 Green River Road. For more information, call 802 257-1894 or email carolschnabelhandweaving.wordpress.com.

Walpole, N.H.: The Orchard School hosts its 20th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 20 and 21 in the Walople Town Hall. The theme of this year's fair is "Building and celebrating a strong local economy." The Orchard School and Community Center is a place where children are encouraged to express their individuality through the arts. The fair will be held Nov. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A sampling of the crafted work includes silver jewelry, wool items, handmade wooden toys and crafts, pottery, fine beaded jewelry, traditional straw ornaments, flannel & wool shirts & dresses, woodwork, metal work, carvings and more — and all of it made within 40 miles of our Fall Mountain Region. For a complete list of vendors, visit www.TheOrchardSchool.org/ community-events/crafts-fair-and-cafe. Call 603-835-2495 or visit www.theorchardschool.org for more information about the school or the Craft Fair.

Brattleboro: The Women of the First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured will be homemade crafts, tree ornaments, "Grandma's Attic," food table with fresh homemade donuts from our kitchen, applesauce, relish, frozen apple pies, and many other Christmas items. Coffee, tea and doughnuts will be available. Proceeds from the bazaar are donated to both local and church missions. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from Cota & Cota and is handicap accessible. There is ample parking. For more information, e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or call 802-254-4218

Westmoreland, N.H.: The Ladies Aid Society hosts is holiday bazaar on Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a 10 a.m. visit from Santa in the Town Hall on South Village Road. In Fellowship Hall there will be handicrafts, quilt raffle, greens, baked goods, cookie walk, gift baskets, elegant oddments/white elephants and fun for all ages. Both buildings re handicapped accessible. The bazaar benefits the Ladies Aid Society's missions projects. For more information, call 603-399-4975.

Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies' Society of The United Church of Winchester will hold its annual Mission Fair on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on the corner of Main Street and Parker Street. There will be holiday crafts, Christmas trees, knitted and crocheted items, quilts, Chinese auction, plants, berry bowls, White Elephant tables, Church World Service opportunities, jewelry and more. Coffee and donuts available in the morning and lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds support the church's local and world missions.

Walpole, N.H.: The Holidays are coming and the Walpole Historical Museum Gift Shop is ready. Available are ornaments, Christmas cards, candles and napkins for home or gift giving. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 21. Available are books about Walpole, marbled earrings and bracelets, scented votive candles, Vermont Stoneware coasters or trivets, and painted stem glasses from Dellamano Glassware.

Walpole, N.H.: The annual Christmas Fair sponsored by the First Congregational Church has been a tradition for more than 60 years. On Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the church's "Misteltoe Mart" will offer ornaments, tree shirts, centerpieces, table runners, aprons, placemats casserole carriers, knitted goods and many other things. Candy, food, plants, gifts, a pet lover's table, coffee and doughnuts will also be available.

Walpole, N.H.: On Nov. 21, the Walpole Farmers Market will be open on the Common from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come shop for those special locally grown ingredients that will make your holiday meals even more special. There will be handmade gift items and greens, trees, and wreaths too. The Sugar Plumb Shoppe at the Walpole Village School, just down Westminister Street from the Town Hall, will also be open.

Dummerston: The Dummerston School hosts an "Ultimate Shopping Experience" Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Dummerston PTFO to benefit the PTFO. There will be all kinds of vendors as well as a great raffle and a luncheon and bake sale.

West Chesterfield, N.H.: The First Universalist Church invites everyone to come support a beautiful and historic church building. On Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the church's 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar, on offer will be knitted or crocheted scarves, hats, mittens and sweaters, children's toys, handbags, holiday ornaments, wreaths and kissing balls, baked goods and more. There will also be crafts handmade by Sunday School children. The church is accepting donations for the bake sale table. On Nov. 28, there will a Holiday Craft Bazaar at the Chesterfield Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. And on Dec. 9, The First Universalist Church invites everyone to take part in a special way of donating by remembering, honoring and appreciating a loved one via a holiday luminaria. Please send donations by including the form below along with a check payable to: First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield. The display will take place during the annual Candlelight Service. The names of all those being honored will appear in the service program. Contact Shannon McNamara at 617-797-7465 or shanjmac@gmail.com or visit www.chesterfielduu.org for more information.

Putney: The 37th Annual Putney Craft is slated for Nov. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and offers the opportunity to meet 23 makers on this year's tour including blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers and artisan cheesemakers. This year the tour features a "Craft, Culinary & Stage" Weekend with a performance at Sandglass Theater and food specials in participating restaurants highlighted by the 37th Putney Craft Tour. For more information, visit www.putneycrafts.com.

West Brattleboro: The 58th annual holiday bazaar will be held at First Congregational Church at 880 Western Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Nov. 28. The bazaar will feature hand crafted items, including table accessories, children's projects, gloves, mittens, hats. Also homemade fudge, jams, and baked goods, balsam wreaths, holiday ornaments, partridge berry bowls will be available. This year's raffle features a rustic settee, locally made Vermont maple syrup, and gift cards good for local businesses. West Bee Nursery School will also have hand-made soap and lotion.

Brattleboro: The American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring its 22nd Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Craft Fair is held at the American Legion Post #5 at 32 Linden Street. Refreshments will be served and a Chinese Auction will be held. Crafters interested in displaying should contact Lori Nelson at 802-380-6179 for information.

Westminster: The Women's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church of Westminster will hold its annual Christmas bazaar on Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring many hand-crafted items as well as many baked items. Coffee, donuts and muffins will be available for purchase early and lunch will consist of ham or chicken salad, corn chowder, chili, or vegan minestrone, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Santa will make an appearance around 11 a.m. to listen to the Christmas lists of the children.

Chesterfield, N.H.: Asbury United Methodist Church hosts its annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 28. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Operation Christmas, a local mission project of Asbury United Methodist Church that serves the greater Chesterfield community. Stop by the Christmas Cafe in the annex and sample some the famous fare made by the women's fellowship of the church, including freshly made doughnuts. There will be a $5 lunch special.

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.

Book sale

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.

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 ldm@svcable.net.

Guilford: Guilford Community Church invites everyone to their 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.

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.

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 garyslady615@yahoo.com or 802-348-7910, or Linda Sherman at lin8sherm@aol.com or 802-348-6361.

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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