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Basket Weaving Demonstration with Alice Ogden Saturday

MEREDITH — Alice Ogden, a traditional basketmaker and League of NH Craftsmen member since 1980, created this year's Annual Ornament "Woven in Winter" - a miniature woven black ash basket with a white oak handle, embellished with a shimmery ribbon so it can be hung from a tree or wreath.

Ogden will be demonstrating her technique by crafting one of her ornaments at a in-store demonstration on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery.

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Toys for Tots Drive being kicked off at the Black Swan Inn Holiday Open House

 

TILTON — The Black Swan Inn on Sunday, December 8 will be having a Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. to Kick of the holiday season and a Toys for Tots Toy Drive.

Cari Ordway, owner of Bead Divine specializing in beaded items, classes, workshops and retreats will be at the open house. She has been beading for 10 years and is currently enrolled in the Master Beader Program at the Bead Bush Studio in Deerfield. She specializes in bead weaving but has also been expanding her skills and is working with silver and precious metal clay. She will have finished pieces as well as kits available and will also be demonstrating.

Guests will step back into the Victorian Era and enjoy some traditional holiday music, refreshments and even a visit from Old Saint Nick. Children of all ages are welcome and parents too at this free event.

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Celebrate Christmas at Canterbury December 7 & 14

CANTERBURY — Christmas at Canterbury will be held on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 from 3-8 p.m. at Canterbury Shaker Village. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children age 6-17; children under 5 free. Member admission is half price.

Christmas at Canterbury, held annually, allows visitors to experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era by taking a candlelight stroll through the Village, watching an old-time magic show, riding in a horse drawn wagon, and watching a silent film with live organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski.

The event will also include music performances, story telling, craft demonstrations and activities, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and cider, chats with Village characters like Dr. Seth Miller, 19th century physician and more. Attendees have the option of having dinner at The Shaker Table, where reservations are required, or enjoying lighter fare at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand.

Christmas at Canterbury is sponsored by Merrimack County Savings Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, Nathan Wechsler, The Rowley Group and Bank of New Hampshire.

"Canterbury Shaker Village is a place where the ideals of simplicity, reflection and renewal are present year round," noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. "Yet, it's at Christmas that our ongoing practice of rethinking Shaker traditions seems especially relevant. Christmas at Canterbury is a chance to experience the holiday in a way that gets away from the commercialism so prevalent today."

The Shaker Gift Shop, which features a wide selection of high quality, Shaker inspired products, will be open for Holiday shopping during Christmas at Canterbury.

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Gilford Rotary Christmas Tree Sale offers collectable ornaments

GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will launch its season of selling Christmas trees to benefit local charities December 6 – 15.

Look for the Gilford Rotary Christmas tree sale across from Hannaford on Route 11. Browse the great selection of fresh cut trees from noon till eight weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

These New Hampshire grown, freshly cut, premium trees include hundreds of first quality fraser fir and balsam trees in all shapes and sizes from table top to 12 feet tall. Plus decorative holiday wreaths.

New this year are two collectable Christmas tree ornaments depicting the Tannery Hill covered bridge, constructed, by Gilford Rotary members and Gilford townspeople in 1995. The 24-kt finish ornament can be purchased for $15. The second ornament is a Herman Defregger crystal that is $40. Stop in the Gilford Rotary trailer and register to win one of 30 special raffle items. There's hot chocolate, hot dogs and yummy corn chowder.

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