Historic Crafters and Seasonal Vendors

Edited by Mary Lee Black.

Historic crafters and seasonal vendors will be in The Christmas Village on Main Street in Chatham, Saturday, December 2nd, from 9 AM until mid-afternoon. They will offer an opportunity for young and old to practice local crafts, to get a start on holiday shopping, and to enjoy the aroma of favorite foods. Over 25 vendors / crafters will be on hand to help Chatham celebrate “300 Years of Christmas in Chatham.”

One stop on everyone’s list should be Chatham Books, to learn about the cuisine / fashion of several historical periods. There will also be exhibitors teaching quilting, knitting, spinning, and rug hooking. Crafts range from blacksmithing to dulcimer construction. Visit a saddlery shop, learn about the Native Americans of this region, practice frontiersman skills! View an art exhibit by a local artist and interact with her about her art. Learn the history of our area from six re-enactors from various historic periods. Make a ginger bread sled. There are many varied opportunities for all.

In addition to books and hand-crafted objects, one can purchase presents including wood buildings, paintings, yarn dolls, shawls, perfume, candles, jewelry, provençal linens, aprons, towels, wreaths, shaker boxes, angels, pocket books, and many other items. First time calendars of The Doors of Chatham will be available for purchase at the Chatham First tent as well as in certain businesses in town.

Regional cooking will tempt visitors to try black pot fish, chicken kabobs, country ham biscuits, popcorn, peanuts, chocolate covered apples and more.

Combined with “Breakfast with Santa,” musical programs by local high school chorales, Chatham Doors Tours, a film Down in the Old Belt, an Old Time Music Concert, a “one of a kind” chair auction, and a beautiful Christmas Cantata, all are guaranteed to be in the Christmas spirit.

Make the Christmas Village on Main Street in Chatham your destination this Saturday. Don’t forget Friday night’s events there, too! All are “rain or shine” and sponsored by Chatham First as an early Christmas present for all.

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