Holiday bazaars, craft shows, food, raffles and more

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Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main Street is hosting its annual bazaar on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a Christmas boutique, a cookie walk, Santa's Attic, a quilt raffle, Belgian waffles, children's entertainment and craft vendors.

As part of its annual holiday fundraising drive, the Friends of Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls is conducting a silent auction for a large, unique historic quilt valued at $700. The quilt, comprised of 45 blocks signed and pieced together as a farewell gift in 1844, was made by quilters from several towns in New Hampshire as well as Stafford and Pomfret. It was donated by Kathy Metalica Cray of Grafton Village Quilts along with "Quiltings, Frolicks & Bees: One Hundred Years of Signature Quilts," a book by Sue Reich that features the quilt.

The quilt can be viewed at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls, or online at www.rockinghamlibrary.org Bids of $250 or more can be submitted at the library, or online at www.rockinghamlibrary.org/silentauction . Bidding ends on Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Library at 802-463-4270.

The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, located at 18 Tuttle Street, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features knitted and hand-sewn items, arts and crafts, white elephant sale, holiday decorations and ornaments, all available on our second floor. The first floor will feature homemade baked goods, raffles and the Elf Café. The café' is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature corn chowder, sandwich rolls and homemade pie.

A queen-sized 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-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. Watch for signs next to the Fire Station on Rockingham Street.

The Bellows Falls Rotary Club is hosting a community Christmas screening of "Frozen," on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House. Punch and cookies will be supplied by the Bellows Falls Women's Club and Emblem Club and Santa will arrive at 3:45 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the First Baptist Church on Main Street is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar, Luncheon, and Bakery. Home-baked goods include baked beans, pies, fudge, cookie platters and holiday Swedish breads. Luncheon, served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. features corn chowder, ham, egg and tuna sandwiches, with assorted pies and beverages. There will be a children's cookie decorating table; a large assortment of hand-made winter socks, children's winter hats, and other crafts as well as several tables featuring Christmas decorations. "Grandma's Attic Treasure" table will be loaded with reasonably priced items. Proceeds benefit the winter programs of the church, including supporting the Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter, the Church's Fuel Fund, and other Outreach Ministries. For more information, call 802-254-9566.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Westmoreland Town Band will present a Christmas Musial Extravaganza at the First Congregational Church on Route 5. A selection of Christmas music will be performed upstairs in the church. Santa is scheduled to make a guest appearance. For more information, call 802-722-4148.

The arrival of Santa Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. will signal the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River as the Jolly Elf leads the oohs and aahs 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 (temporarily located at the former Dish restaurant on Main Street), 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. This year's event is sponsored by Main Street Arts, the community arts center. Also participating are the Saxtons River Bell Ringers, who will present a free concert at 4 p.m. at Christ's Church. Additionally, the Saxtons River Inn will offer complimentary hot cider from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the River Artisans Cooperative will offer extended hours to 6:30 p.m.

Santa is coming to the Wardsboro Town Hall to visit with kids and have his picture taken with them on Sunday, Dec. 7, arriving at noon and staying until 2 p.m. A cookie sale will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., or when the cookies are gone. Donations of Christmas cookies from all the cookie bakers will be happily accepted. There will not be a holiday bazaar this year, however, a doll house and gift baskets from 4Winds will be raffled. Sponsored by the library trustees. For information, call 802-896-6141.

The Brattleboro Camera Club will meet Monday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Donald Dill, professional photographer, will present his annual holiday slide show, with music, of pictures taken by fellow club members. This is a much-anticipated regular feature of many years' standing. Members will submit for review prints on the theme of "Through a Window." The subject varies, but the presentation is a monthly feature as part of the club's emphasis on the development of skills. There is no charge for the program. Photographers of all levels of ability and people simply interested in photography are welcomed.

The Holiday Congregate Lunch will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Putney Cares Activities Barn at 54 Kimball Hill. The menu will include roasted pork loin with plum sauce or vegetarian alternative, roasted herbed root vegetables, marmalade cornbread, festive chocolate cupcakes (baked and donated by the Putney Diner), orange cranberry punch, coffee and tea. The suggested donation for the meal is $3.50. The lunch will be prepared by Kelly Larabee, and is co-sponsored by Putney Cares and Senior Solutions. Seating is limited to 32. Reservations may be made by calling 802-387-5593, or by e-mail to putneycares@svcable.net.

Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions present its Holiday Lunch to celebrate the Christmas season on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon at the Grange in Dummerston Center. The meal, prepared by Sallie May and Larry Lynch, will include baked ham with pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, marinated carrots, corn pudding, assorted gelatin salads, and gingerbread with real whipped cream for dessert.

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This will be the only lunch in December due to the holidays. Donations of $3 for seniors and $4 for those under 60 are suggested. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange at 802-2541138 on Wednesday morning.

Dummerston School will present its Holiday Musical, "Jingle Bell Jukebox" on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Snow date will be Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. All students in grades K-5 and 6-8 Chorus and Bands will participate in this musical production. The vocal music program is directed by Rita Corey. The instrumental music program is directed by Mary Harvey Bandish and Nancy Clements directs the art program. The public is invited to attend.

Greater Falls Connections is hosting a holiday coalition celebration on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parks Place. All are welcome to help celebrate a year of accomplishments for the coalition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their thoughts and wishes for what they would like to see the community accomplish in the New Year. Staff members will be sharing some holiday stress relief tips. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a $5 donation to go to the Bellows Falls Police Department's Adopt-an-Angel Fund. Holiday treats will be provided

On Thursday, Dec. 11, 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.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library is hosting its annual Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time. Stop in to the Meeting Room to make edible houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Younger kids can make edible Christmas trees from ice cream cones, frosting and candy. This event is free and donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands are appreciated. Children under 7 must have a responsible person with them. Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time is sponsored the by Friends of Brooks Library and the Children's Room. Registration is recommended by calling 802-254-5290 ext. 110.

Area artists and crafters will present their wares at the 3rd annual Bright Lights Craft Fair at Memorial Hall on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will feature a wide variety of unique, handcrafted products and gifts made by area artists and crafters. Items include hand-blown glass ornaments, holiday greens, wreaths, photography, hand woven items, cheese, pottery trivets, wine trays, hand-knitted hats and mittens, collectible teddy bears, woodwork, jewelry, pressed flower art and more. Proceeds from the vendors' booth fees will benefit historic Memorial Hall. For more information, contact Ellie Roden at 802-464-5265 or e-mail rodenora@gmail.com.

The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first ever Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, Dec. 13. The 5K run and walk road race will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at the Brooks House on Main Street and run along the Whetstone Brook. All finishers will receive a commemorative mug full of hot chocolate. There will be prizes for the first three men and women finishers. Holiday-themed attire is encouraged, but not required. Jingle bells will be provided. This is a family-friendly event, so whether you are a serious runner or just want to have fun this is the race for you.

On-line registration is open at www.active.com. Search "Jingle Bell Jog." Race day registration at the Brooks House begins at 8:20 a.m. and closes at 9:25 a.m. The entry fee is $15 for members of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and $20 for non-members.

For more information contact Kate O'Connor or Greg Lesch at the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-254-4565.

The Walpole Unitarian Church will hold its annual Holiday Food Sale Saturday, Dec. 13, in the space in front of the post office, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Shoppers can find a number of wonderful home-made foods including: holiday cookies that are beautifully boxed for gift giving; a variety of yeast breads including special holiday breads and cinnamon rolls; preserves, candies, cakes, pies, and a number of savory items to take home for dinner or freeze for later.

Women of the Moose are sponsoring a craft fair on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, 59 Henry St. Food will be available for purchase for lunch.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, Putney General Store & Pharmacy, The Gleanery, Next Stage, Melissa & Doug Toys, and others are hosting a breakfast with Santa at Next Stage from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families (no one will be turned away). All proceed go to benefit the Putney Foodshelf.

The Dover Free Library is hosting its "Elf's Workshop" on Friday, Dec. 19, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and guardians with their children ages 5 and up are invited to join the local library elf for a time of holiday crafts, music, stories and refreshments. This is an opportunity for children to create and wrap personalized gifts for their family and friends. For more information or to register, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

A Carol Sing will be held at Third Congregational Church on River Street on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in for singing, fellowship and refreshments. Favorite Christmas carols and holiday tunes will be sung. For more information, call 802-835-6358 or 802-835-6734.

The Bellows Falls Elks Lodge #1619 is hosting a visit by Santa at 18 Bridge Street on Dec. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. If you would like to come to the party, call his Elves at 802-463-4555 and tell him your child's age (up to 12), gender and your child's name. Refreshments will be available to all who attend.


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