Monroe’s calendar jam packed with Christmas events this weekend

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This photo is from the Monroe Historical Society's Christmas Fair at the Meeting House, 433 Barn Hill Road, two years ago. It's going on again this weekend. Photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — Christmas fairs and tree lightings are among the holiday events scheduled in town this weekend. Here’s a a rundown:

Historical Society Christmas Fair

The Monroe Historical Society will host its annual Christmas Fair at the East Village/Barn Hill Methodist Meeting House, 433 Barn Hill Road, in Monroe, on Friday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale will feature a large variety of new and donated ornaments and decorations, baked goods, and a sampling of Monroe Historical Society collectibles. Vintage items will also be available. There is something for everyone.

This is the Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds fund ongoing programs and the maintenance of Monroe’s historical properties.

Those in attendance are asked to wear a mask.

For information, call 203-261-1383.

SOS Tree Lighting

MONROE, CT — The Save Our Stepney (SOS) Task Force and Frosty the Snowman will light up Stepney Green, at the intersection of routes 59 and 25, on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., with more than 300 luminaries. The holiday tree will be decorated with over 500 LED bulbs.

The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

The Stepney Volunteer Fire Company and Stepney Baptist Church will join SOS members and Frosty in celebrating of the 21st annual tree lighting.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg will welcome the community and all will be treated to holiday music performed by the Just Voices Singers under the direction of John Pelligrino, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and Monroe Boy Scout Troop 162 will provide fresh made donuts.

The Rev. Kevin Merritt, of Stepney Baptist Church, invites all attendees to a carol sing in the church immediately following the tree lighting. Hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies will be served.

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.

For information about the Save Our Stepney Task Force, to join or make a donation send an email to Lee Hossler at [email protected], follow SOS on Facebook or visit its website.

Monroe Women’s Club Tree Lighting

MONROE, CT — Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus will highlight the Monroe Women’s Club’s annual Tree Lighting at the gazebo at the corner of Fan Hill Road and Church Street this Saturday evening at 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday at the same time.

John Buck will emcee the event, which will include performances by the Jockey Hollow chorus and the Masuk band. Firefighters will bring Santa Claus to the event.

Jones Family Farms donated the tree, Monroe Social will have hot cocoa, Dunkin’ Donuts will provide coffee and doughnuts and Monroe Women’s Club members will bring wrapped cookies.

Harmony Grange Christmas Fair

The Harmony Grange, 2 Shelton Road, will host its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event will feature antiques, collectibles, a tag sale, Christmas items and hand knitted children’s hats. It will include vendors, basket raffles and a bake sale. Farm fresh egg, ham and cheese breakfast sandwiches will be for sale all day, along with hot dogs and chili for lunch.

St. Peter’s Holly Fair

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will host its Holly Fair on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church, 175 Old Tannery Road.

The event will include a cookie walk, baked goods, vendors, a tea cup raffle and a tag sale.

Giving Tree donations

Mary Ann Kalm, the town’s social services coordinator, reminds residents that people can still drop off gifts for the town’s Giving Tree program for families in need at the Monroe Police Department, 7 Fan Hill Road, open 24 hours a day, and Edith Wheeler  Memorial Library during library hours until Sunday, Dec. 5.

For information, call Kalm at 203-209-3327.

Toys for Tots

Two Monroe businesses are partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign to collect new toys for less fortunate children in the area during Christmas: Koko FitClub, 447 Monroe Turnpike, and The Wireless Zone, 464 Main Street.

Boxes are outside the businesses for drop off donations.

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