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December 5, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There may not be snow, but there’ll be plenty of Ho! Ho! Ho! in Newfane as Santa kicks off the season. He arrives in the parade on Friday and makes other appearances as well.

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Here are some fun facts about Santas around the world, where Christmas gifts are delivered by men — and women — not known as Santa Claus. Gifts come from Père Noël in France, St. Nicholas or Sinter Klaas in Holland, Father Christmas in England and the Three Kings in parts of Latin America and Spain. In Germany, Christkind, an angelic messenger of Jesus, visits children. Babouschka, a grandmotherly figure, brings presents in Russia. Jultomten is a gnome who rides a sleigh to distribute presents in Sweden. La Befana is a kindly old witch who leaves gifts for Italian children. Come to think of it, isn’t it usually the women who do most of the buying, wrapping and gift-giving for everyone?

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Newfane’s Annual Holiday Light Up and Parade begins with a 5:30 p.m. parade on Friday, when Santa arrives on a horse-drawn wagon. Talk to Santa after the parade at the Main Street gazebo; where everyone enjoys hot chocolate and cider, with free cookies.

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Friday brings the 8th Annual Candy Cane Craft Show and Cafe, held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St. The café will again offer homemade hot food at reasonable prices. A bake sale includes their popular cookie platters as well as many other goodies.

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The first night of the Living Nativity at Newfane’s Grace Bible Church is Friday. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy a 30-minute guided walk through the Christmas story and beyond. The event continues Sunday and Dec. 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.

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Also on Friday, there will be a basket auction from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on East Avenue, where all proceeds from the auction will be going for Christmas toys for area children. They urgently need basket or prize donations for Friday’s auction. If you can donate a basket, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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There will be a Christmas party on Saturday for customers of 10th Planet, 2753 Main St., Newfane. Stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. for cookies, candy and a free present for the children (no comic books this time). Adults will get a 10 percent discount on all purchases that day, including comic books.  

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Stedman Nurseries Christmas Village is now open at 2857 Main St., with live trees, cut trees, fresh greens, wreaths and swags, ornaments, handmade gifts, jams and jellies, and professional framed photography by DMS Photography. Santa will be visiting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and again on Dec. 14. Onsite professional digital photos with Santa will be available. Holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

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Sunday brings back the Old-Fashioned Carol Sing at the Van Horn Mansion, beginning at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family for carol singing in the parlor, the Methodist Bell Choir and holiday treats in the dining room. 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, winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves. The church is also accepting new and gently used toys and games. For information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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The fourth annual PB&J Drive ends this week, and your help is needed. 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 protein-filled PB&J sandwich is the classic American way to spread the love!

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Newfane Leos (Junior Lions) members will be holding a Community Night at the Lockport Wendy’s on Dec. 11. Special coupons will be distributed to all middle school students, and for each coupon redeemed from 4 to 8 p.m. that day, 15 percent will be donated to the Newfane Leos. Look for your coupon and help support the Newfane Leos Club. You can pick them up at the Newfane Library and Flint Hardware.

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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. Dec. 14, while they last. If anyone wants a cookbook, but will not be in the area during those times, call Debbie Bartenstein at 698-4916 or Bob MacFarlane at 695-4219.

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In need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott United Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen, which is 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. The “Everything Christmas” sale will continue each Sunday and Tuesday until Dec. 21. Stop and shop for Christmas gifts, decorations and many more items. Shopping hours will be the same as the community kitchen. For more information, call the church at 778-8879.

Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails 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.