Vin­tage Christ­mas de­clared a suc­cess

Busy four-day event kicks off fes­tive sea­son in Parrs­boro

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF

PARRS­BORO — Or­ga­niz­ers of Parrs­boro's first Vin­tage Christ­mas Open House event are more than happy with re­sults.

Mer­chant Faith Rutt, who con­ceived of the idea to cel­e­brate an “old-fash­ioned Christ­mas” over sev­eral days, said the event re­ceived a won­der­ful re­sponse dur­ing the course of its four days on Nov. 13-16.

“It was very nice, es­pe­cially the Christ­mas mar­ket, where we had 60 peo­ple through the door within the first 20 min­utes,” she said. “It was just amaz­ing. A lot of the ven­dors sold out, and said it was the best show they had ever been to.”

The mar­ket at St. George's Angli­can Church Hall was not the only event that drew a large crowd, as many more took in such high­lights as pho­tos with Santa Claus at Sweet Brier Bou­tique, and the town's an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing event on the civic grounds on Fri­day evening.

Many peo­ple trav­eled to Parrs­boro from out­side of town dur­ing the four-day pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to Rutt, all with pos­i­tive feed­back.

“One thing to­tally amaz­ing was the store­fronts,” she said. “Just to walk down Main Street and to see all the store­fronts was a real sight. One per­son told me it re­minded them of what Parrs­boro used to look like.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses were en­tered in a dec­o­rat­ing contest as part of the event, with Mayor Lois Smith serv­ing as judge. Tak­ing first place was Henry and Lucy's, while House of Yorke won sec­ond prize.

At the mar­ket, Mau­reen Glen­nie of River He­bert was the lucky win­ner of the gift bas­ket full of do­nated prod­ucts from lo­cal mer­chants, while Jac­qe­line Wilson from the Amethyst Bou­tique won a draw amongst the ven­dors.

Rutt thanked all who par­tic­i­pated, from the Cross­roads Co-Op, which do­nated food trays and hot choco­late, to Ken's Gro­cery, which do­nated wa­ter and cof­fee, to all those who came from near and far to take part in the event.

“Ev­ery­one is re­ally pleased with how things went,” she said.

RECORD AN­DREW WAGSTAFF  THE CIT­I­ZEN

Lily Ful­ton (left) and Mick­ayla Collins were among the young­sters work­ing on a snow­man dur­ing Parrs­boro's an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing event at the civic grounds on Nov. 14.

AN­DREW WAGSTAFF  THE CIT­I­ZENRECORD

The first snow­fall of the year as well timed, as the ground was a blan­ket of white for the an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing event on Parrs­boro's civic grounds on the evening of Fri­day, Nov. 14.

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