Getting ready for a miracle

The twinkling of the lights on the tree, the jingle of sleigh bells in the air, the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers, the smiles on the faces and in the hearts of children and adults alike – these are the sights and sounds of FestivalsFredonia’s annual ‘Miracle On Main Street’ event taking place Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.

Saturday begins with the WCA Home Christmas Ornament Sale with unique and one-of-a-kind holiday tree adornments taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who love all things vintage, this is the place for those special ornaments not found in today stores.

The Holiday Craft Show takes place at 25 Church Street in the First United Methodist Church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Browse among quality items from crafters and artists. A silent auction features many gift baskets donated by local businesses.

From 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m the Winter Farmer’s Market will be open at the Masonic Lodge at 321 East Main St. Locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, pork and poultry, jam and baked goods will be available. Jennifer Ruhland of Jentle Creations will lead a special craft time between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. during which children can make Christmas cards.

Fredonia Presbyterian Church on 219 Central Ave. is holding an alternative Christmas Market. Over 500 nativities from the United States and 30 other countries will be on display. Guests can purchase handcrafted items, fair trade food products, nativities and books. Alternative Christmas gifts can be made to Heifer Project International, Rural Ministry of Chautauqua County, Medical Benevolence Foundation and Topaza Orphanage of Madagascar. Light refreshments will be available. Nativities will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 2 p.m.

Fredonia’s specialty shops and merchants will be decked out in their holiday finest and will have many in-store specials, and refreshments. Participating are Angels of Hope at 8 Park Place, Herbs for Life at 69 W. Main St., Lady of the Lake at 29 West Main St. and Time Pieces at 23 White Street. Visit these shops between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Several merchants are hosting in-store events. Angels of Hope Learning Center is the site of a Miracles of Healing Expo from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring Reiki healing, medium and intuitive card reading, spiritual coaching and holistic education as well as vendors and artists.

In cooperation with Lana’s Little House, TimePieces will host “Tea on the Road” from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lana will offer a variety of blends of world class teas, share the art of tea and the proper preparation of a great cup of tea. In addition to the world class teas, accessories, memorable scones and lovely little gift items will be featured.

Herbs For Life at 69 W. Main St will host Trisha Drake, a licensed massage therapist from Inner Balance Day Spa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in for a relaxing chair massage (at no charge) with Trisha and shop in a peaceful atmosphere for unique holiday gifts.

At 10 a.m. the Telecommunications Museum will have a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating its new location at 44 Temple St. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. kids can try out an old fashioned way to communicate by sending a telegram to the North Pole. Adults and children alike may also take a tour of the new location and try out the interactive exhibits.

Santa Claus’ arrival is of course the highlight of the event. He’ll start his day at the Darwin R. Barker Library reading a special holiday story beginning at 11:00 a.m. Rudolph and Frosty will assist Santa.

The “Annual Tree Lighting” at the Gazebo in Barker Common begins at 11:45 a.m. New this year is the opportunity to participate Hospice Chautauqua County ‘Light A Life.’ Those who want to honor someone special may purchase memorials of red bows and ornaments with proceeds benefiting Hospice Chautauqua County. These may be purchased at TimePieces or Lake Shore Bank. Gina Kron of Tim Hortons has graciously donated refreshments for all to enjoy. As part of its mission of giving back to the community, the FestivalsFredonia committee will present a donation to a local charity at this.

The Fredonia Rotary Club will rededicate the Gazebo after a year long refurbishment project. Originally dedicated by the Fredonia Rotary Club in 1976, the Gazebo has a new roof, a new electrical system with LED lighting and has been scraped and painted. Rotary will put up a new bronze plaque to commemorate the occasion. The refurbishment of the Gazebo was made possible through an anonymous donation, with remaining funds provided by Fredonia Rotary. The new lights were donated by Jamestown Electric.

“It’s an outstanding thing. Rotary first built the Gazebo in 1976 and now they have refurbished it. It looks great,” commented Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe. “Service above self is their motto and this is a prime example of where they put the community up front. Rotary is a group that makes the village a better place to live.”

The holiday traditions continue throughout Saturday afternoon with Santa’s Workshop at the Grange from noon until 2:30 p.m. Visit with Santa Claus and take home a photo. There will be a variety crafts for children and music by Kay Barlow. The Kiwanis Club of Northern Chautauqua is providing the complimentary photographs of the children with Santa Claus. Members of SUNY Fredonia Delta Chi Fraternity will be Santa’s elves. These men have been very instrumental in the success of Santa’s Workshop for the last 10 years.

Also back by popular demand is the Gingerbread Decorating Workshop presented by Peggy Rose of The Cakery taking place at The White Inn, 52 East Main St., from noon until 3 p.m. For a fee, anyone can decorate their own special gingerbread house. Call The Cakery at 672-4294 for more information.

“We’re very excited to welcome Peggy Rose of the Cakery and the Gingerbread House Workshop to The White Inn this year. This is a favorite part of the Miracle on Main Street event and we’re pleased to be a part of it,” Melanie Gambino of The White Inn.

The Angels of Hope Learning Center is hosting an art exhibit, also taking place at The White Inn from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Angels of Miracles art exhibit features the divinely inspired art of Kati Russell. Ms. Russell will give a brief presentation at 2:30 p.m. during this special meet and greet event.

On Sunday, stop at Shorewood Country Club for “Christmas on the Lake” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to browse among the offerings by talented artisans, crafters and locally owned boutiques. Stay and enjoy lunch over looking the Lake.

FestivalsFredonia is in partnership with the Village of Fredonia, the Town of Pomfret, merchants, volunteers, sponsors and area organizations. Visit www.festivalsfredonia.com for a detailed schedule of events or call 672-4818 for more information.