MONROE, CT — Monroe has several holiday-themed events for individuals and families this weekend, including two tree lightings on Saturday, one at the gazebo in front of Town Hall and the other on Stepney Green.
It will also be a time to find unique Christmas gifts. The Monroe Historical Society will host its annual Christmas Fair and St.Peter’s Grace Episcopal Church will host its annual Holly Fair.
Details on these and other events are listed below:
Women’s Club Tree Lighting
The Monroe Women’s Club is hosting its 20th annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Town Hall gazebo, 7 Fan Hill Road, this Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.
The Masuk Choir and Band and the Harmony on the Sound Chorus will perform Christmas carols and children will enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive on a fire truck. The North Pole couple will help light up the Christmas tree.
This year’s tree has been donated by Jones Tree Farm.
Hot chocolate and hot cider donated by Monroe Social will be handed out, along with donations of cookies and donuts from Dunkin Donuts.
Monroe Historical Society Fair
The Monroe Historical Society will host its annual Christmas Fair at the East Village/Barn Hill Methodist Meeting House, 433 Barn Hill Road, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 1, 2 and 3) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The sale promises to have something for everyone with a wide variety of new and donated ornaments and decorations, baked goods, and a sampling of Monroe Historical Society collectibles. Vintage items will also be available. Most items are under $5.
This is the Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds fund programs and the maintenance of Monroe Historical Society properties.
For information, call 203-261-1383.
Storytime with Santa
Harmony Grange is hosting a free Storytime With Santa this Saturday, Dec. 2, at the grange hall, 103 Hurd Ave.
Santa Clause will give two readings of “T’was the night before Christmas” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
St. Peter’s Grace Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tannery Road, will host its annual Holly Fair this Saturday in the undercroft from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities include craft vendors, a tag sale, Cookie Walk, raffles, poinsettia sales and more.
To donate Christmas items to the fair, bake cookies for the Cookie Walk, or volunteer, contact Barb Lopez at the church office, [email protected].
Stepney Tree Lighting with Frosty
The Save Our Stepney (SOS) Task Force and Frosty the Snowman will light up the Stepney Green, at the intersection of routes 59 and 25, this Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. More than 300 luminaries will surround Stepney Green and the holiday tree will be decorated with over 500 LED bulbs.
First Selectman Terry Rooney will welcome the community to the annual event and all will be treated to holiday music performed by the Just Voices Singers under the direction of Mike Pelligrino.
There will be a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and Monroe Boy Scout Troop 62 will provide freshly made donuts.
Frosty the Snowman will make a special appearance aboard a Stepney Volunteer Fire Company truck at the invitation of SOS to flip the tree light switch ushering in the holiday season. Candy canes and glow sticks will be given to all to welcome Frosty.
Following the tree lighting Frosty will be available for family photos in the Stepney Gazebo.
The Rev. Kevin Merritt, of the Stepney Baptist Church, invites all attendees to an old fashion carol sing-a-long in the historic Stepney Baptist Church immediately after the tree lighting. Hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies will be served.
Monetary donations will be accepted for the purchase of food items for Stepney Baptist Church’s Salt and Light Food Pantry.
Holiday Festival Merry & Bright
NEWTOWN, CT — The 38th Annual Holiday Festival Merry & Bright benefiting Newtown Youth and Family Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is fun for all ages and is centered along Main Street in Newtown. To see the event flier, click here.
NYFS is a nonprofit youth service bureau and mental health clinic committed to providing high quality human health services to promote individual and community wellness to 41 towns.
Specialized services include: outpatient individual, couples, and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives, and support groups.
Stratford Animal Rescue
STRATFORD, CT — Stratford Animal Rescue Society’s annual Holiday Evergreen Fundraiser benefiting animals impounded at the shelter will be held at Stratford Animal Control, 225 Beacon Point Road in Stratford, on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sale will include wreaths, cemetery pieces, roping and kissing balls, and a boutique will be available with goods for animals and people.
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