Last week I told you about a whole lot of holiday happenings here in town, and I’m happy to say I managed to check out a few of them. It helped me get into the holiday spirit, and jump-started my holiday shopping, so all in all it was a big success. But honestly, I expected nothing less.
I started with the Holiday Book Sale at the library on Friday. I volunteered to help out – really, the best way to be in the know is to volunteer – and it was an eye-opening experience. First off, there was a line of people waiting to get into the book sale before it even opened. These were serious shoppers, some with empty bags waiting to be filled with excellent quality used books. The Friends of the library, who were in charge of this event, did a great job setting up tables and shelves, clearly marked with signage to let you know the subject matter in each area. One woman who was using a walker commented on how nice it was to have wide enough spaces between the tables for her to easily navigate. See, it’s the little things that make the experience a positive one.
Sales were brisk the few hours I was there, and when I stopped by later in the day it was still hopping. Final numbers aren’t in yet, but I do know it was more successful than last year’s sale. Kudos to the hardworking Friends who put in many hours on this event! The library patrons thank you.
Next, on to the market…
I’m so glad I made the time to stop by the Winter Market at Emerson Umbrella: I saw more beautiful handmade items than I could dream about. Batik tablecloths so soft you just wanted to keep touching them – and the artist who made them encouraged it, thankfully – origami earrings, vibrant scarves, glass beads and jewelry. And for your walls: photographs, colorful pastels and watercolors. Every artist was delighted to explain his or her techniques. I learned so much just walking around and asking questions. It gave me a lot of respect for the amazingly talented people working over at Emerson Umbrella.
And I may have picked up a gift or two, but I’m not telling.
And now for something completely different…
I’ve been going to the Holiday Tree Lighting and parade for years, but never like this, because this year, I went as a character from the 1800’s. Yes, it was another volunteer gig, but this one let me dress up in a hoop skirt and bonnet and other fabulous accoutrements from another era. I can’t even tell you how much fun it was to walk around, with my daughter and six other women similarly attired, and attract attention and pose for photos. Now, the reason we were doing this was to promote the Concord Players’ spring production of Little Women, and to that end we handed out fliers with the information on it. But really it was a chance to dress up in period clothing, and it was totally worth it. Huge kudos goes to two of the Concord Players’ costume gals, Tracy Wall and Kathy Booth. They put together the period ensembles, and each one was beautifully coordinated, right down to capes and muffs. Tracy’s friend Amy Slade joined us, as well as Concord Player Liz Bishop and her two daughters, Rebecca and Katherine, and my daughter Isabella Caruso. We all looked fabulous, and enjoyed the tree lighting like never before.
Ah, yes, it was a lovely weekend!