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Craft fair at the Grange | Essex Column

This Saturday’s movie from the film society is “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of rock and roll back-up singers. It’s gotten great reviews and of course has an excellent sound track. The show starts at 8 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange.

Also on Saturday, there will be a craft fair at the Grange sponsored by the Town of Essex. It goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Actually, the town sponsors every event at the Grange, in that the town owns the building and provides substantial support for its operations.

Members of the Essex Community Church got together with a pizza party and packed 196 gift boxes for children overseas as part of “Operation Christmas Child.”

The Beautification Committee recently refurbished strings of holiday lights which the highway crew put up in downtown and Whallonsburg.

The Belden Noble library is conducting a silent auction from now until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Stop by the library to bid on a variety of goodies, like a gym membership, a night in Lake Placid, gift certificates to the Essex Inn, a bird feeder and lots of handmade items.

The big Christmas celebration in Essex starts at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday with the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the tree lighting. From 9:45 to 11 a.m. the traditional free pancake breakfast will be served at the fire house, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a bazaar at the Community Church. The famous photo booth will be operating at the ice cream café from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a group of vendors will be set up in the yoga studio’s front room, also from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is the season when families gather, and naturally some of one’s relatives may be a little less dear than others. I recommend sending them, or yourself, off for a hike on the CATS trails, just to get out of the house and away from the ubiquitous television, wailing babies and snarky inlaws. CATS memberships also make excellent gifts. They are non-fattening, never go bad, and you don’t have a big pile of wrapping and plastic to dispose of later.This Saturday’s movie from the film society is “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of rock and roll back-up singers. It’s gotten great reviews and of course has an excellent sound track. The show starts at 8 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange.

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