Vergennes gears up for Saturday’s Holiday Stroll

VERGENNES — The Little City of Vergennes will be in full holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 1. Participants will enjoy a festive collection of activities ranging from a breakfast with Santa Claus at the VUHS cafeteria to the annual Winter Craft Fair at Vergennes Union Elementary School, to a stroll down Main Street ringing bells and singing songs with Santa and his elves.
Musical guests Maiden Vermont, Jon Gailmor, Chris Sabick, the Champlain Brass Quartet and Dickens Carolers will fill the day with music while stories and lessons will be read throughout the day to help spread the holiday message of togetherness and joy. 
Many businesses around Vergennes will be hosting donation boxes for the Community Food Shelf, where gifts of non-perishable food items would be accepted at any of those participating locations.
Finish the day’s celebrations with the Lighting of City Park and the Memory Tree with Mayor Daniels, along with a caroling session and the Addison County Gospel Choir to send everyone home with a cheery spirit.  
7:30 -10:00  
Breakfast with Santa at VUHS Cafeteria – Adults $6, Kids under 10 is $4, under 3 Free. Come and eat breakfast with Santa andmake acraft inhisworkshop!  Sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music. Info: 759-2922
9:00 – 2:00
Open House, Bake Sale and Craftsat Armory Lane Senior Housing. Proceeds from sales go to the Resident Fund. Come and visit this Energy Star, Green Building at 50 Armory Lane.
9:00 – 3:30   
12th Annual Winter Holiday Craft Fair at Vergennes Union Elementary School – Admission:canned goods and non- perishables for the local food shelf 
9:30 – 5:30   
“Spot the Candy Cane”- Visit shops to play;find a candy cane and receive a discount coupon                            *Help supply the Community Food Shelf – drop off non-perishable items in merchant’s food shelf boxes
10:00 – 2:00   
Bixby Library Open House and Annual Silent Auction of Holiday Baskets donated by local businesses and patrons (Bidding ends at 1:45 – winning bids announced at 2pm) bring items / donations to hang on the “Mitten & Sock” tree!
Make & Take Crafts for Kids- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Park St.) donations appreciated
Ring intheHoliday Stroll by joiningSanta and his elves strollingfrom the Vergennes Opera House to the                Bixby Library -bring bells to ring and a voice to sing! 
10:30 – 5:00
Grab Bagat Creative Space Gallery-Purchase over $20 & receive FREE artist’s handmade gift! 
Santa Claus reads“Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Bixby Library
11:00 – 12:00
Jon Gailmor, a VTsinger / songwriter at Bixby Library – great family event- FREE
11:00 – 12:00 
“Reminiscing with Father Time” at the Clock Shop – 33 Green Street – Listen or share memories, photos, objects, etc. of Christmases past or Days of Old (conversation style).  Enjoy mulled cider and cookies.
12:30 – 1:00
Bixby Library -delectable lightHoliday refreshments offered by Vergennes Community Forum
1:00 – 1:30 
Maiden Vermont, ensemble a cappella group at Bixby Library – FREE
1:00  – 2:00
Chris Sabick playing acoustic guitar at Creative Space Gallery
2:00 – 4:30  
Visit a Winter Wonderland atVergennes Opera House – a community effort!  Bale sale to benefitLittle City Playerstheater group; Hot cocoa offered byNorthlands JobCorps Academy
2:00 – 3:00  
Champlain Brass Quintet at the Vergennes Opera House
2:00 – 3:00  
Dickens Carolers (Little City Players) in front of businesses on Main Street
2:00 – 4:00
Make & Take Christmas Cardsat Vergennes Opera House – free for all ages by the Vergennes Masonic Lodge
2:30 – 4:30  
ChildrenVisit with Santa in aWinter Wonderland at Vergennes Opera House (VOH)-suggested donation of $5 per family to defray VOH heating cost.  Enjoy: 5×7 child’s picture with Santa taken by The Custom Image (Ralph Muzzy & Elaine Eldridge) Pictures are compliments of Kinney Drugs!
Gingerbread cookie decorating for children of all ages by Northlands Job Corps Academy
Make ornaments at Santa’s Workshop for the “Children’s Holiday Tree” which will be on display at Jackman Fuels for the month of December
Mrs. Clausreads stories
Bake Sale by Little City Players
3:30 – 4:00  
Victory Baptist Church Choir at Vergennes Opera House
S D Ireland lighted Holiday Mixer Truck in City Park
Lighting of City Park & Memory Tree with Mayor Daniels – caroling by Addison County Gospel Choir – do join in!

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