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November 21, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Serve up a side of food trivia at your Thanksgiving dinner. Ninety percent of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and the average American’s Thanksgiving meal has 4,575 calories! Those mashed potatoes were not part of the original Thanksgiving, because potatoes had not been introduced to North America at that time. There is no evidence that stuffing was served at the first feast in 1621, but 50 percent of Americans stuff their bird. Stove Top introduced their famous boxed stuffing in 1972. and they sell more than 60 million boxes a year. If it’s inside the bird it’s stuffing; cooked outside of the bird it’s called dressing. That Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe was developed in 1955 and an estimated 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving. The number of pies purchased this Thanksgiving would stretch more than 12,500 times and pumpkin pie is the favorite, followed by apple (especially in apple growing climates like Western New York).

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In need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott United Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen open to the public, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays. There is no fee and everyone is welcome. If you know someone who would like some soup, please call the church at 778-8879 and they will deliver some to them. “Everything Christmas” begins from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, and will continue each Sunday and Tuesday until Dec. 21.

Stop and shop for Christmas gifts, decorations and many more items. Baked goods also will be available Saturday. Shopping hours will be the same as the community kitchen after Saturday. For more information, call Olcott United Methodist Church at 778-8879.

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This is Holiday Art Weekend, when Shoppe on Main will offer discounts on fabric, wood and glass, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, jewelry, chocolates and in stock Longaberger are on sale. There will be three local authors signing their books. Ron Mazzarella, author of “There’s A Whale In The Canal,” will sign from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jim Toner, author of two youth murder mysteries,”Under The Blood” and “The Purity Ring” and David Brown, author of “The Elusive Chauffeur,” will sign from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday pet supplies are discounted and pet photos are available. Sign up now for a sitting with professional pet photographer Corky from Wild Eye Photography. She will take your pet’s photo in the privacy of her mobile unit. You pick the settings and background. Sitting fee is $10; prints start at $25. Call 572-3852 for a sitting time. At 1 p.m. they will feature their second annual “Read to your dog under the Christmas Tree” event. Kids, bring in your leashed dog and enjoy treats for you and your dog, while listening to Christmas Tails.

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Give the gift of life by donating to the American Red Cross blood drive at Concordia Lutheran Church from 8:30 am until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.  The church is at 3121 Beebe Road, Newfane. If interested, call Corrie at 628-6149 to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Rev up your holiday shopping engines at the fifth Annual Super Sunday Vendor Fair sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. The event happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1692 Lockport-Olcott Road. For information, call 213-8531. Admission and parking are free.

Here’s a holiday gift idea for all homemakers! Rainbow of Help will be selling their cookbook, all wrapped and ready for gifting, outside Budwey’s Market in Newfane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, while they last. If anyone wants a cookbook but won’t be in the area during those times, call Debbie Bartenstein at 698-4916 or Bob MacFarlane at 695-4219.

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Save the date for Breakfast with Santa and a basket auction by the Newfane Lions Club. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Olcott Fire Hall. Anyone can stop by to take a chance in the basket auction. Drawing begins at 12:30 p.m., and winners need not be present. Stay-tuned for breakfast details. If you can donate a basket or prize, call 778-7243.

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Newfane’s Annual Holiday Light Up and Parade begins with a 5:30 p.m. parade on Dec. 6, when Santa arrives on a horse-drawn wagon. If anyone is interested in participating as a parade entry, please call Tammy Dodge at 778-8558. ext. 2232. Talk to Santa at the Main Street gazebo; everyone enjoys hot chocolate and cider, with free cookies.

Dec. 6 also brings the 8th Annual Candy Cane Craft Show and Cafe at the Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St., from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s show has both new and returning craftsmen. There are some exciting items that will be for sale, made by several talented people. There is a good price range, and something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for gifts, as well as holiday décor. In addition, the café will again offer delicious homemade hot food at very reasonable prices. The bake sale includes our popular cookie platters as well as many other goodies.  The church is handicap accessible, with an elevator in the rear of the building.

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Dec. 6 will be the first night of the Living Nativity at Grace Bible Church on West Avenue, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute guided walk through the Christmas story and beyond. Dress warm because some scenes are outside. The event continues Dec. 8, 13 and 15. Park behind the Newfane Town Hall and take a shuttle bus. While-you-wait activities include Christmas music, coffee, hot cocoa and cookies, and the kids’ corner offers crafts. Admission is free.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, there will be a basket auction at the First Baptist Church on East Avenue, where all proceeds from the auction will be going for Christmas toys for area children. If you can donate a basket, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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Dec. 8 brings back the Old-Fashioned Carol Sing at the Van Horn Mansion, beginning at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family and join them for a wonderful family holiday tradition with carol singing in the parlor, the Methodist Bell Choir and holiday treats in the dining room. The mansion will be traditionally decorated for the holidays. Admission and parking are free, but a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry would be appreciated. For information, call 778-7197.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is getting ready for the cold weather and upcoming holiday season. Families are in need of bedding and winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves. The church is also accepting new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. They are in need of more than 50 turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets for area families. For information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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The fourth annual PB&J Drive has begun and will run until Dec. 6. Drop off your donations of peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow fluff at Red House Music, Emma’s Closet, Flint Hardware, Bank of America, Karma Graphics, Tammy Jo’s Café, Newfane Library, Wrights Corners Wine and Spirits, First Niagara Bank, Newfane Family Dentistry, Countryside Merchant, Town of Newfane, Newfane Methodist Church, Crossroads Pizza and Newfane Central Schools. A protien-filled PB&J sandwich is the classic American way to spread the love!

Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in e-mails only); or to 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker, NY 14012. To be in next week’s Stroll Around Newfane, information should be in Julie’s hands by 6 p.m. Tuesday.