Old Time Holiday
Fairhaven Old-Time Holiday, December 8 & 9, at various locations. First organized by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism in 1998, the Old-Time Holiday is a cooperative effort between many of the town’s non profit groups.
The majority of the events take place on Saturday, when fairs and marketplaces and other activities are held in the Town Hall, the First Congregational Church, the Unitarian Memorial Church, Our Lady’s Haven and The Millicent Library in the historical center of town. Visitors can shop for for arts and crafts, gifts, food items, and enjoy holiday luncheons, musical entertainment and more.
Visit www.FairhavenTours.com for more information.
The following are Old-Time Holiday events.
OLD-TIME HOLIDAY SATURDAY EVENTS
Cookies & Santa
At Our Lady’s Haven, 71 Center Street, Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Our Lady’s Haven, built originally as the Tabitha Inn by Henry H. Rogers in 1905, will open its lobby to visitors, who will be treated to Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. Santa will be on hand to meet children and pose for photos. There will also be a sale of handcrafted items made by the residents. Sponsored by the Diocesan Health Facilities Organization. Accessible (via Laurel Street side entrance). For more information, call 508-999-4561 or email email@example.com.
Millicent Book Fair
Saturday, 12/8, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 pm. Millicent Library Auditorium, 45 Center Street, Fairhaven (Walnut St. entrance)
Start the morning with a cup of coffee and some books by joining the Friends of the Millicent Library at a book fair where more than a dozen local authors will be signing and selling their works. Coffee will be available. (See ad on page 19)
Short readings by the authors will take place upstairs in the Reference Room.
11:45: Eddie Doherty, Seven Miles After Sundown
12:10: Ray Bartlett, Sunsets of Tulum; Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, & Nantucket
12:30: Sharon Wood, Born Again, Again and so much more
12:50: Sandi Montour, This or That? Over 200 Conversation-Sparking Choices from the Whimsical to the Philosophical
1:10: James Marlow, Babylon After, Once We Were Sioux, Auras
1:30: Catherine McLaughlin, Blue Collars
Use the wheelchair accessible Walnut Street entrance to the auditorium. Books make a great gift! Sponsored by Friends of the Millicent Library. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall Shops
Saturday, 12/8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fairhaven Town Hall, 40 Center St., Fairhaven
The Town Hall auditorium is filled with tables of sale items from about 25 non-profit groups, school groups and churches. Among the many offerings you’ll find gifts, holiday wreaths and centerpieces, baked goods, candy, ornaments, hand crafted items, T-Shirts, raffles, and silent auctions. There will be face painting and henna “tattoos” by Heart Body Arts, children’s activities, and live music performed by students of Fairhaven Public Schools. On the stage, Fairhaven TV will have a “green screen” photo opportunity to benefit the Bobby Bruso Scholarship.
Food, including hot kale soup, chowder, meat pies, spinach pies, hot dogs, popcorn, coffee, soda, water, and baked goods will be on sale.
Handicap accessible. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. For more information email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov or call 508-979-4085.
List of vendors
More than 25 Fairhaven non-profit organizations will have tables in the Town Hall auditorium featuring a wide variety of items including crafts, ornaments, silent auction/raffles, baked good, and more. There will be face painting by Heart Body Arts. There will be a downstairs cafe serving kale soup, chowder, Sam’s meat and spinach pies, chips, coffee, soda and bottled water. There will also be hot dogs, popcorn and soda on sale.
Also outside for a short time in the morning, the Unlikely Strummers, a ukulele group, will be performing to raise money to prove ukuleles to hospitalized children.
Here is a list of the participating groups:
1. East Fairhaven Improvement, silent auction
2. St. Joseph’s Church
3. MOLIFE, handmade knitting, trinkets, ornaments
4. Heart Body Arts, face painting & henna
5. Be the Solution to Pollution, coloring books, mermaid craft
6. Fairhaven Improvement Association, Fairhaven sweatshirts, postcards of Fairhaven, mugs, pens, and 3 raffle baskets
7. Nemasket Group, raffle of gift baskets
8. St. Mary’s Church Rosary Makers, free hand made rosaries will be handed out and several hand crafted items will be available for sale
9. Savannah Kobza, ornaments and decorations to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
10. Fort Phoenix VFW Auxiliary #2892, baked goods, crafts
11. Fairhaven Mothers Club, silent auction of gift baskets
12. Bobby Bruso Scholarship Committee, Christmas crafts, homemade gifts
13. Fairhaven Historical Society, tickets for Holiday House Tour
14. Cub Pack 52, hand made ornaments and decorations
15. Fairhaven Village Militia, T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
16. Girl Scout Troop 65427, cookies
17. George H. Taber Lodge, gift boxes
18. FHS Class of 2019, calendars made by students
19. FHS Class of 2021, handmade ornaments
20. Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Japanese items, ornaments, etc.
21. Angels of ’76, silent auction
22. FHS PTO, raffle baskets
23. FHS Art Club, hand crafted items
24. FHS Honor Society, Dinner for Two books, cookie decorating
Green Screen Photo Opportunity by Fairhaven TV to benefit the Bobby Bruso Scholarship.
Lions Club, fresh centerpieces, etc.
North Fairhaven Improvement Association, café, serving kale soup, chowder, Sam’s meat and spinach pies, chips, coffee, soda and bottled water
Fairhaven Village Militia, popcorn
Troop 52, hotdogs, coffee
Unitarian Church Marketplace, Tours & Lunch
Unitarian Church Holiday Market-place, Sanctuary Tours & Luncheon, Saturday, 12/8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Unitarian Memorial Church parish house, 102 Green St.
Luncheon at Harrop Center, next door on the church property
The Unitarian Memorial Church, built in 1904, will host its annual Holiday Marketplace, featuring local artisans, handmade crafts, raffles, baked goods (including nut-free and gluten free), and a delicious luncheon with homemade soups and sandwiches.
This year, the Holiday Marketplace features Saint Nicholas entertaining all in front of our majestic Christmas tree. Each year, this tree is decorated by the children of the church, during a traditional offering of hot cocoa and cookies, with the help of church members and friends.
Back again this year, will be the festively garbed ukulele players who will lead a not so traditional Holiday sing-along.
Guided tours will be offered in the Sanctuary of this magnificent, gothic-style cathedral, led by Beth Kelley, dedicated congregant and member for over 60 years.
For more information, call 508-992-7081 or email email@example.com.
Old-Time Holiday Fair & Lobster Roll Luncheon
First Congregational Church, Old-Time Holiday Fair & Luncheon, Saturday, 12/8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. First Congregational Church, 34 Center Street
The church will be alive with activity, craft and food booths, and much more. Heavenly Treasures, our second hand shop will be open all day.
A lobster roll luncheon will be served 11:00 A-M – 1:00 PM or until sold out. Hot dogs and chowder will also be available.
For more information call 508-993-3368 or email firstcongfairhaven@ gmail.com. Handicap parking available. Wheelchair accessible.
Town Hall Sing-Along
Town Hall Sing-Along (an Old-Time Holiday event), Saturday, 12/8, 6 p.m., Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven A community tradition! Sing carols on the steps of the Town Hall while waiting for the arrival of a jolly visitor from the North Pole. Then enjoy some hot chocolate in the Town Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association. Free.
OLD-TIME HOLIDAY SUNDAY EVENTS
Holiday House Tour
Fairhaven Historical Society Holiday House Tour, Sunday, 12/9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Starts at Fairhaven Academy Building, 141 Main Street
The Fairhaven Historical Society presents a holiday tour of historical houses and other buildings of interest. Advance tickets will be available at the Millicent Library or the Euro/Phoenix store. Tickets will also be available at the Town Hall Shops on Saturday, December 8.
On the day of the tour, tickets are available at the Academy Building, 141 Main Street, where the tour starts.
Service of Lessons & Carols
Service of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, 12/9, 4:30 p.m. Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green St.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven presents a service of lessons and carols, with seasonal readings and music performed by Music Director Dwight Thomas and the choir of the Unitarian Memorial Church. All are welcome. Free. (Donations accepted.) Accessible. For more info: 508-992-7081.
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