A dine-to-donate fundraising event for the Little White Church Steeple Fund will take place at the Snowvillage Inn in Eaton on this Wednesday, Nov. 20. Dinner reservations start at 5 p.m. and will continue through 8 p.m. Call Snowvillage Inn at (603) 447-2818 to reserve seating. Walk-in diners and pub-goers are welcome as well.
This fun opportunity is organized by Patricia McMurry and Barb Holmes and will include an amazing array of silent auction and raffle items as well as a 50/50 raffle, and, of course, some excellent food in a great atmosphere. Ellen Schwindt will perform on violin at 6:15 p.m. Gorgeous photographs of the Little White Church in all seasons from Johnny Edge’s collection will also be featured. Come one, come all, eat, drink, and be merry and help our Little White Church steeple fund as well.
One item to be auctioned off that night is a stunning black-and-white framed and matted photo of the church and Eaton Center buildings reflected in Crystal Lake, donated by Cole Scott and titled “Eaton Reflected.” The photo is valued at $150 and is an art piece you will want to see and take home if you are the highest bidder.
Another item has been donated by Joyce and Peter Blue: an old H.W. Hayden brass bucket which was thought to have originally been used for maple sugar production. The design was patented Dec. 16, 1851, and manufactured by the Ansonia Brass Co., which was active from 1863 to 1960.
The Little White Church Steeple restoration project led by Thomas Costello is well under way and on schedule. The belfry and frame have been removed to address all compromised issues. Work will continue until otherwise indicated by weather.
We have full confidence that the work being done will ensure the Steeple's durability and longevity for generations to come. The church board is excited about the completion of this project and also the full restoration of the Steinway O grand piano, which will take place from December to April 2020. A huge and heartfelt thank you to all who have participated in our ongoing fundraising drive. We look forward to the church’s vibrant future in our community and beyond.
This month’s opera/music dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake is a 5 p.m. matinee (please note time change from last column) on Sunday, Nov. 24. Voice professor William Cotten from the Boston Conservatory returns with a lecture/presentation on the Art of Great Singers on Television. This is a special price of $45 per person and includes an early four-course dinner served before the lecture.
Tim and Bobby at the Inn at Crystal Lake changed the opera/music dinner to 5 p.m. so that people would also be able to attend the South Eaton meeting house annual Thanksgiving service at 3 p.m. on the same day, Sunday, Nov. 24. The service will be led by the Rev. Mary Edes, and we are fortunate to have Shana Eisenberg playing the Woods & Co. reed organ.
Donations are greatly appreciated; we look forward to a wonderful seasonal gathering in one of our area’s hidden treasures. The South Eaton Meeting House is located at the junction of Towle Hill Road and Burnham Road in South Eaton. From Route 153 just south of Purity Spring Resort, turn onto Horse Leg Hill Road (which soon becomes Towle Hill Road).
Lana Nickerson and Dick Dole announce that its annual Foss Mountain Farm Tour (including Alpacas and Ragdoll Cats) takes place on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This is also Small Business Saturday. They invite people to come to the farm to visit with the alpacas and learn about them. Did I tell you how cute they are?
They also have their “Alpaca Boutique” set up in the house, where products made from alpaca fiber will be available for holiday shopping. They have yarn and roving from their own alpacas.
In addition, they also have gloves, mittens, socks, hats and scarves from The New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, made in the USA. To round out their selection, they have those same types of items, plus stuffed animals, made in Peru. All of the products reflect the warmth and comfort of alpaca wool. Did I mention how soft these items are?
The annual Christmas concerts with pianist Dana Cunningham, singer/songwriter Carol Noonan and cellist Max Dyer at the Little White Church in Eaton will take place on the first weekend in December this year: Friday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7; and Sunday, Dec. 8. Friday and Saturday night shows with Dana, Carol and Max begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for these two shows can be purchased through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. Dana Cunningham and Max Dyer will perform a matinee concert of acoustic piano and cello on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow. Tickets for this show can be purchased online at danacunningham.com or at White Birch Books in North Conway or at the Eaton Village Store. Tickets purchased online will be held at the door.
The Eaton Community Circle will be holding its annual Christmas Party at the Snowvillage Inn on Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. This is potluck and you need to bring your own drink. Snowvillage Inn will not be serving food or alcohol. There will also be a Yankee Swap, so bring a $5 gift (preferably gag but your choice). All Eatonites invited.
The Eaton Community Circle will also be holding its 12th annual Christmas craft fair/luncheon cafe on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the craft fair held at the Inn at Crystal Lake, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Christmas Cafe held at the Little White Church. This is a great chance to get last minute, handmade Christmas gifts and have a nice lunch visiting with friends. Hope to see you there.
Just a reminder, when you’re on a two-lane road like Route 153, and you see an ambulance with lights on and/or sirens blaring, the state law says to pull over to the right to let it pass, whether it is in your lane coming behind you or the other lane coming toward you. After I pulled over for an ambulance in Eaton last week, I passed eight cars coming the other way. Only three of them pulled over. People, it is the law.
Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.