BETHEL — After two years with alternative Christmas Tea events, from Christmas in a Bag to Christmas in a Bag plus crafts and tiny treasures, the Christmas Fair and Tea is going to happen in person at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel (32 Park Street). It is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 from 1 – 4 p.m.

This is a great way to start the holiday season, sitting and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or hot cocoa and nice treats while visiting with others in the community. West Parish Congregational Church is sponsoring a craft table, food table, and tiny treasures table downstairs.

Sharon Lyon and Ellen Marshall are in charge of the tea portion (upstairs). Diane York and Gretchen Motts are in charge of the food table downstairs, including cookies in a bag, replacing the cookie walk. Lynn Mason and the World Service Committee are in charge of the tiny treasures. Linda Davis and Melinda Remington are in charge of the crafts table.


BETHEL — On Sunday, December 11 at 4 p.m. in Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium, the Mahoosuc Community Band will perform a Christmas concert. Mahoosuc Community Band is joined with Gould Academy music students and under the direction of Jim McLaughlin. The exciting part of this change in venue and conductors is the inter-generational sharing of music between adults and Gould students.


The community band rehearses Monday nights at the Gould Academy music room in Bethel from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The band resumes rehearsals January 9, 2023. New members are always welcome. The opportunity to enjoy music lasts through the years. Many members played in high school and stopped. The group encourages less experienced musicians to share the love of music.

For more information contact Scott Hynek, band president, at [email protected]


BETHEL — Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.: BAAM (Bethel Area Arts & Music) Winter Market at the Bethel Inn Event Center. Local artists and crafters will be selling their handmade original works to help you get your holiday shopping started.


BETHEL — The Museum Shop at the Bethel Historical Society, located in the Robinson House at 10 Broad Street, will be open on the day of the Winter Market from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thereafter, the shop will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (and other times by appointment) until Christmas, carrying a wide assortment of books, handmade ornaments, and other gift items.


Mason House

BETHEL — Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m.: Christmas at the Mason House. Come and enjoy candlelight, traditional 19th century holiday decorations, refreshments by the fireplace, and harp music in the 1813 Mason House, one of Bethel’s earliest homes. Free, but donations accepted.


WEST PARIS — Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.: Christmas Sing-Along with the Oxford Hills Ukulele Group at the First Universalist Church of West Paris. In addition to the ukuleles, a percussionist has joined the group to add to the fun. Light refreshments to follow. There is no charge for the sing-along, but donations to help with the church’s stained glass restoration project will be greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Marta Clements at 674-2143 or [email protected]


BETHEL — Friday, Dec. 16, 3:30-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House at the Bethel Library. This will be a great opportunity to meet Library Director Kelcy Boles, enjoy some cider and cookies, and see what’s new at the library.

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