Kick Off The Holidays

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By Renato Ghio

Thanksgiving is here and that means it’s a quick slide into the hustle and bustle of the winter holiday season. There are some great events coming up in the Hat City that Alicia and I think are a fun way to kick off the holidays.

There is the Holiday Artisan Fair at Tarrywile Mansion on Sunday, Nov. 29 from 10am to 3pm. This event is filled with unique one-of-a-kind gifts and benefits the Friends of Tarrywile Park, who support the historic preservation, restoration and enhancement of the park’s buildings and grounds. Among the things you’ll find are gift baskets from The Olive Oil Factory, folk art by Stacey Olszewski, handmade jewelry by Gemini Dream and Anita Begley Design and bath products by Sensational Scrubs. Admission is $5 and free for children ages 12 and under.

One of our favorite holiday events are the holiday lights along Main Street. This year, they have revamped the lighting plan and it’s going to be better than ever. Be there when they turn them on at Light The Lights on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5pm to 7pm at the Library Plaza on the corner of Main and West Streets. It’s a free family fun event. There’s a lighted fire truck parade down Main Street. As always, Santa will arrive by fire truck and children can visit him at Library Plaza. Be sure to bring your camera. There will also be performances by St. Peter’s Church Children’s Chorus and St. Joseph’s Children’s Chorus.

Another event that is becoming an annual tradition for us is the Danbury Arts In Action Holiday Bizarre Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 6 at A Common Ground on Crosby Street. Last year, we found some amazing handmade wrought iron grilling tools and a great spice mixture. In addition to perusing a variety of items made by local artisans, you can enjoy live music and homemade snacks. A donation at the door supports Danbury Arts In Action, a non-profit offering arts mentoring for youth.

Let’s try to enjoy the moment this holiday season. Let’s come together to have fun at community events, support local artisans and try not to get frazzled by holiday to-do lists.

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