Noel Shoppe Features Locally Made Gifts

MEREDITH — The "Best little Christmas Shop in the Lakes Region",  the Altrusa Festival of Trees Noel Shoppe at the Waukewan Golf Club, Waukewan Road. in Center Harbor, will be open to the public on Friday, December 6 from 2-8 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children (5 and under are free).

The Noel Shoppe's shelves will be stocked with many unique items from whimsical to traditional that are exclusive to the Festival of Trees. All are designed and created by Lakes Region artisans.

Meredith's Bonnie Edwards of Photographic Portraits unveils the popular 2014 Lakes Region Monthly Desk Calendars featuring a selection of captivating local scenes as well as her beautiful note card sets and other frameable Lakes Region photographs. New this year, are primitive handcrafted signs created by Jesse Lacasse from the Prim House in Chichester. To add to your rock and wine glasses that were offered two years ago will be 'loon' etched martini glasses as well as 'loon' and 'moose' etched pilsner glasses. A choice of hand turned pottery by Trish Eisner will be an addition to any home. Fun, functional, and delightfully scented goats milk soaps are handmade in small batches by Jess Storey from her Winona Glen Farm in New Hampton. There will be homemade mustard and pretzel dips created by Sarah Baldwin of Provincial Palate, Gilmanton.

An array of jewelry will be on hand, such as handmade beaded bracelets created by Debbie Brown of Meredith as well as Wolfeboro's own Nicole Reed who creates Japanese beaded bracelets using the Kumihimo technique. Another feature is a variety of yummy chocolate bars handmade at Winnipesaukee Chocolates in Wolfeboro.

The Noel Shoppe will be partnering with Bayswater Books in Center Harbor to gather a selection of books for both children and adults. Center Harbor resident, Karel Hayes, has written two books over the last year. Her autographed books "The Weirs" and "The Christmas Visitors" will be offered.

During Gala Night, December 5, Carol Lee Anderson will be signing her new book, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip", from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Also, Peter Miller, who is a resident of Meredith and has a rich civic history in the town, will be providing his books, "So Fade the Lovely" as well as "Seven Canterbury Tales Retold".
The Festival Silent Auction and Gala, Thursday, December 5, 5:30-8 p.m. Guests will enjoy the picturesque New England barn setting, featuring a huge rustic fireplace, while bidding on many great items contributed by area businesses. Tickets are advance purchase only and are $25. They can be purchased at the Greater Meredith Chamber of Commerce, Kara's Café, Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop, Meredith and Fashion Forward, Moultonborough.

The magic of Christmas is in the air Friday, December 6. Children 3-8 years old and their favorite adults will be captivated by the story "The Christmas Magic". Each child will take home a special holiday treat. Admission is $2 for children and $3 for adults. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For reservations, call Mary Anne, 279-5529.
Altrusa distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations following the Festival.