Worth Knowing Holiday bazaars starting this weekend

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Although it's not even Thanksgiving yet, Upper Valley holiday bazaars and markets start tomorrow! Some are only a few hours long and some go for several days. One will last for nearly 6 weeks! Make sure to visit these bazaars and markets to support local artists and good causes, get some early holiday shopping done and start thinking about being festive. There are also several food and specialty festivals listed below. This listing of events will be periodically updated and re-posted.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2, 3

        CHRISTMAS MARKET WITH A DIFFERENCE IN HANOVER. It’s that time of year again for one of the most wonderful events of the year: The annual Christmas Market with a Difference is open on November 1, 2 & 3. Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. 40 College Street, Hanover. 603 643-3150. Why is it different?  You can find unique hand-crafted gifts not found elsewhere and make a big difference in someone’s life around the world. Stay local, shop global, and make a world of difference. 100% of the proceeds are returned to 20 non-profit and charitable organizations, orphanages, schools, women’s cooperatives helping women support themselves and their families, organizations promoting conservation, sustainability, community production of needs such as water and food; all making a significant difference in the lives of families in some of the poorest regions of the world. Take a break from shopping in the Christmas Market Cafe serving delicious soups and baked goods, also available to-go. For more information on the organizations and the market visit on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasMarketWithADifference/http://www.ccdcucc.org/christmas-market-with-a-difference.

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        CRAFT FAIR IN BRADFORD. Come find crafts, attic treasures, baked goods and Christmas treasures. Lunch served. Event is from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and lunch will be available. 

        HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN NEWPORT. Featuring Christmas room, handmade crafts and gifts, jewelry, attic treasures, basket raffles, baked goods, cookie walk, snacks, homemade soups and luncheon. South Congregational Church, 20 Church Street, Newport, NH.

        CRAFT FAIR IN RANDOLPH. Come to Our Lady of the Angels Church, 43 Hebard Hill Road, Randolph. Fair runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lots of homemade gifts, wreaths and centerpieces. 

        ST. PAUL'S NEXT TO THE HAVEN IN WHITE RIVER JUNCTION. The Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. Paul's Church in White River Junction next door to The Haven. Come and find beautiful holiday décor and gifts, personalized ornaments, jewelry, white elephant, handmade items, bake sale, and much more. There will be a HOMEMADE SOUP LUNCHEON from 11:00 am until all the yummies are gone!  You can eat-in or take-out. For additional information call 802-295-5415.


        HOLIDAY FARMERS' MARKET IN CHELSEA. Dozens of local vendors with prints, pottery, jewelry, herbal products and lotions, wreaths, and more. Tons of local food products and treats like toffee, maple products and local beef/lamb/chicken. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Chelsea Public School Gymnasium. 

        CRAFTERS HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN FAIRLEE. On November 10 from 9am-2pm there will be a holiday crafters bazaar at Samuel Morey Elementary School, Fairlee, VT. They're still looking for vendors. Contact carajdyke@gmail.com if interested.


        46th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE IN WEST LEBANON. Opening is actually on November 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This year's show will be in the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon sandwiched between CVS and Kay Jewelers. Regular hours from November 14 to December 24 will be Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 6 pm. This is an annual event that showcases the handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Arts and Crafts Organization. Find Lebanon Arts and Crafts Association on Facebook  or call 802-295-1932 for more information. 


        FIRST ANNUAL FALL FOOD FESTIVAL IN CLAREMONT. The 1st Annual Fall Food Festival will feature local vendors with delicious homemade and locally made foods for purchase. We expect everything from breads and cookies to jams and other edible masterpieces. This event will be an opportunity to experience great locally made foods. Saturday, November 17 from 10 am to 2 pm at Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH.

        FROSTY'S CRAFT WORLD IN ENFIELD. Come to the Enfield Village School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for crafts, raffle, baked goods. Lunch available. Santa available for pictures from 10 a.m. to Noon. Bring your own camera! Kids Christmas Shopping Tables. Sponsored by the Enfield-Mascoma Lioness.

        CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IN WINDSOR. Gift shop, handcrafts, baked goods and chili. Proceeds to be applied towards new furnace for the church. Old South Church, 146 Main Street, Windsor, VT. 9 am to 2 pm on November 17.


        TIS THE SEASON CRAFT FAIR IN GRANTHAM. 9am -3:30pm. New location this year at the Grantham Village School, 75 Learning Dr., Grantham.  New vendors, new location, same quality handmade items. See the fair's Facebook page.


        24th ANNUAL PODS FOR THE PULPIT CRAFTS FAIR IN NORWICH.  Two floors, with 40 vendors, including the Northern Lights Quilt Guild, will show a wide variety of crafts, including jewelry in many forms, pottery, rag rugs, quilting, mittens, woodblock prints, herbals, cotton children’s clothes, marbled paper and silk, basketry, floor cloths, etchings, felted sculptures, knits and woven goods, fiber art, cactus gardens, wreaths, hand spun yarn and woven wool rugs, braided rugs, Christmas ornaments. Raffle of colored woodblock print donated by Lyme, NH artist Matt Brown. 10 am to 4 pm on November 23 and 24.


        PUTNEY ANNUAL CRAFTS FESTIVAL. A little further afield is a great crafts festival in Putney. Named a Top Ten Vermont Winter Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 10 am to 5 pm each day. VT celebrates Craft, Culinary and Performance Weekend highlighted by the Putney Craft Tour. Visit 25 working studios that feature glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers, photographers – even artisan cheesemakers and bicycle makers. Find that one-of-a-kind gift and buy direct from the artisan who made it. Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and viewing the works where they are conceived and created. All studios are within a 12-mile radius of Putney, VT. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney for a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works, schedule of workshops and theater and restaurant participants. Free Admission. 133 Main St. Putney, Vermont (802) 387-4032 www.putneycrafts.com


        MASCOMA CRAFT FAIR IN CANAAN. Dozens of artisans and crafters from across the Upper Valley with plenty of food available. Held at Mascoma Valley Regional High School, 27 Royal Road, Canaan from 9 am to 3 pm.


        HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR IN NEW LONDON. he Holiday Craft Fair will be held on December 1, 2018. There will be local artists selling their unique handcrafted items including baskets, ceramics, dried floral arrangements, hand-sewn items, home baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry, knits, woven and felted items, wooden bowls and boards, holiday ornaments and decoration, wooden objects. Enjoy beverages and tasty treats. Free admission. Hours: 9am-3pm at New London Outing Club's Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court, New London.

        ARTISAN SALE IN STRAFFORD. Come to Barrett Hall on 248 Route 132 in Strafford to find a great selection of holiday gifts and support Upper Valley artists with your purchases. Artwork, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, homemade goodies, wreaths and more. December 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm.


SECOND ANNUAL ACORN FESTIVAL IN DORCHESTER. Calling all Acorn aficionados, enthusiasts and oak-nut neophytes - its time to celebrate the fall of them! We will be sharing acorn lore, food, and FUN. Sunday’s activities will include demonstrations of acorn gathering and how to process for human consumption, arts and crafts and acorn contests. Make a day of it! Come at 10 for D Acres all you should eat farm feast breakfast. Acorn activities start at 1:00 pm and go all afternoon until 4:00 pm.  There will be acorn foods to sample, recipes to share, contests, acorn art forms and more!

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