Southern Vermont holiday bazaars and craft fairs
Saxtons River: The 59th Annual Christmas Stocking Bazaar will be held at Christ's Church in Saxtons River on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As always, the bazaar is on the two lower levels of the church building. There will be baked goods and preserves in the Food Pantry and home-made apple pies can be purchased frozen and ready to bake for holiday desserts. Attic treasures, vintage jewelry and linens will be for sale, along with a variety of hand-made creations including knitted items (sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves), fabric items (bags, pot holders, aprons), and Christmas ornaments. Tickets for raffles of 150 gallons of fuel oil from Cota & Cota and other surprise items can be purchased at the Bazaar at $3 each or six for $15 with the raffle drawing happening at 1 p.m. A silent auction of selected items will also be held. Santa's Land will offer arts and crafts fun for children. Purchase a gift of time and talent such as a prepared meal, yard work, or computer assistance. Stop by the Tea Room for a snack or lunch accompanied by Christmas carols from Eric Robinson on the piano. The church is wheelchair accessible through the back door on River Street.
Alstead, N.H.: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at Third Congregational Church, River Street, is Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafters both upstairs and downstairs, offering a variety of items to sell, such as stained glass, Christmas decorations, scarves, purses, baby blankets and clothing, Christmas greens, hand knitted and crocheted items, handmade soaps, handmade polymer clay boxes, journals, bird baths, bird houses, homemade nut butters, table runners, greeting cards, honey, fish flies, maple products, raffles, pot holders, Pampered Chef, stepping stones, and many more. Granny's Tables will have many used items for sale. Guild will also have a bake table, and goodies and lunch will be sold throughout the day from the kitchen. Soup will include oyster stew and corn chowder, sandwiches, beverages and sweets. For more information contact Joanne at 603-835-6734.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com or visit www.chesterfielduu.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Find a treasure, bring your kids to shop, discover the perfect stocking stuffer in Grandma's Attic Treasures on Saturday November 21st, at the United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar, located on Town Crier Drive off Putney Road. Doors open 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Beautiful and unusual, playful and collectible items are priced for all ages, so even the youngest shoppers will find gifts for their families, friends, and their own hearts' desire.
This year over 500 treasures are geared to the most popular items snatched up in the past. Small toys, games, dolls, and stuffed animals are waiting. There are handcrafted items from Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Vermont, including Belleck china and hand-painted figurines. Jewelry includes an array of unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins. For the first time, new and vintage pocketbooks, handbags, and purses are for sale.
Grandma's Attic Treasures is the creation and avocation of Lillian Hellinger, Brattleboro resident and church member since 1989. All proceeds go to the church and then distributed to local charities. Grandma Lily explains her inspiration, "In the past, my church's bazaar always had a White Elephant Table. Even though many items are second-hand, some are antiques and most are brand new donations. The week after the bazaar, I start looking right away. You never know what you will find!"
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