Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 28, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

by Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Happy Thanksgiving! However you spend your day, and wherever you go, take a moment to count the real blessings in your life, the ones that last. Last night was the first night of Hanukkah for our Jewish friends, and the first of eight candles on the Menorah was lit for their Festival of Lights. Blessings to all families who gather to uphold family traditions.

If you are heading out to shop, remember that this is Small Business Saturday, so patronize the small shops and businesses that are there for you all year. When folks need donations for events, they flock to local businesses who always find ways to support their communities. How many of those same folks return to support those businesses? They really need, and appreciate, your patronage. Ready, set, shop!

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Turkey trivia is on today’s menu. Americans will eat more than 530 million pounds of turkey today. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds and at that weight a turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly. Male turkeys gobble but hens do not; they make a clucking noise. Turkeys can have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier, and nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

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

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Here’s a holiday gift idea for all homemakers. Rainbow of Help will be selling their cookbook — while they last — all wrapped and ready for gifting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14 outside Budwey’s Market in Newfane. 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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Stop by the Holiday Open House at The Blue Lady on Main Street in Olcott from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Browse through the holiday and winter wares as you sip hot cocoa in this historic Greek-revival storefront with a warm and happy atmosphere.  Play the vintage bingo machine for a chance at discounts off one item of your choice.

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Join Santa Claus and his helpers at Sunday’s 5th annual Breakfast with Santa and a basket auction by the Newfane Lions Club. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road. Photos with Santa will be available. There will be door prizes for those having breakfast, including a boy’s and girl’s bicycle. 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. If you can donate a basket or prize, call 778-7243. All proceeds benefit Newfane Lions charities and programs in the community.

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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, 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 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St. This year’s show has both new and returning craftsmen. There are some exciting items for sale, made by several talented people. In addition, the café will again offer delicious homemade hot food at reasonable prices. A bake sale includes 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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The first night of the Living Nativity at Newfane’s Grace Bible Church is Dec. 6. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can 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 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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From 5 to 7 p.m., also on 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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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 professionally framed photography by DMS Photography. Custom-made wreaths, centerpieces and bows are also available. Santa will be visiting from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14. Photographers will be on hand for photos with Santa.  

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The Old-Fashioned Carol Sing will be back beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Van Horn Mansion, Lockport-Olcott Road. 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. Admission and parking are free, but a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry would be appreciated. For more 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. 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 protein-filled PB&J sandwich is the classic American way to spread the love.

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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.