The Lehrer Report for Dec. 1, 2017

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Garden report of sorts: my Thanksgiving cactus bloomed the day after Thanksgiving. I am still raking leaves. The oak tree still has leaves attached to limbs.

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Big weekend in Amherst. The Merry Maple is Friday at the Town Hall parking lot. There is music, food, horse wagon rides and Santa comes on the Fire truck. Santa will be available for photos at the Strong House Museum.

Saturday is Pack the Sack Day, with discounts at participating businesses. It used to be Card Day, but the goal is the same — shop downtown, which we should do every week.

Saturday is also a fair day. The Saint Nicholas Bazaar is at the Grace Episcopal Church with white elephant gifts, collectibles, wreaths, toys, books, lunch and a food sale. The Stone Soup Bazaar is at the Unitarian Meeting House with craft vendors featuring jewelry, ceramics, clothing as well as baked goods lunch and other items.

The Artisans will again be at the Amherst College Alumni House with clothing, art, jewelry, ceramics and more.

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I got an email about the Center Church Bazaar at the First Congregational Church in South Hadley, also Saturday, with homemade jams, jellies, chocolate sauce, herb and rice mixes. The West Mass Brass Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. The concert is free but donations are accepted.

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Ellen Bollier of Amherst passed on an email from Tom Bollier, saying he has a photography business in San Francisco. During his spare time he goes to Northern California to photograph the “amazing old-growth forests.”

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A shout-out to the nice people I met in the kitchen at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where we helped with the Survival Center’s Thanksgiving Dinner. They said they recognized me from the picture in the paper. I’m not saying how old that photo is.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.

I did sample some of the food (Not the lasagne, tofu turkey or kale). I had the best apple pie. The crust was fabulous. Thanks to those donated food.

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