Chester Greenwood Day and a Holiday Open House this weekend
FARMINGTON - This weekend promises to be one of the most festive of the year.
Beginning on Friday night from 4 to 9 p.m., Robin's big greenhouses will all be lit up, Mt. Blue High School's Syncopations will be singing traditional songs, there will be plenty of food and 17 artisans will be showing off a wide assortment of fine gift possibilities at the Holiday Open House at Robin's Flower Pot on Webster Road in Farmington. Events continue 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. through Saturday with artisan displays, a scavenger hunt at noon, ornament making at 1 p.m. and a class on centerpiece and bow ideas at 2 p.m.
The last time Robin's held the same sort of event a few years ago, hundreds of people showed up, Robin Jordan said. "People really enjoyed it," she said. Three greenhouses will be filled with local artisans displaying their glasswork, jewelry, pottery, photography, woodworking and more. "There will be whole range of art work," Jordan said. In addition, Robin's home-grown Poinsettias and homemade wreaths, garlands and centerpieces will be available. Fiddlers Kindle and Will Bonsall will be performing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the vocal ensemble, Syncopations, will be performing 7:30 p.m. on as fund raiser for their spring trip to Carnegie Hall. Several door prizes will be given out through the evening, along with lots of food. For more, go to Robin's website.
For the 34th year, the first Saturday in December belongs to Farmington's famous inventor of earmuffs and more, Chester Greenwood. The annual crowd-pleasing Chester Greenwood Day parade begins at 11 a.m. Moving from the parking lot at Perkins and Quebec streets, the parade route will head north on Main Street and end at the county courthouse. The parade, which requires earmuffs somewhere in every parade entry is this year themed, A Child's World of Wonder. The parade and awards are sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, the Chester Greenwood Family and WKTJ.
After the Chester Greenwood flag raising ceremony at 12:15 p.m. or so in front of the courthouse, the chili contest judges will go to work at the Bangor Savings Bank Building on Front Street from 12:30-1 p.m. Pre-registration encouraged, drop off your entry between 11:30-11:45 a.m. Awards.
The 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest entries will be on display from 11 to 1 p.m. Entries may be dropped off at the Main Street location of Bangor Savings Bank on Saturday morning between 10-10:30 a.m. Pre-registration forms for the parade, chili and gingerbread contests are available on the Chamber website While there, catch the carolers and cloggers of In-Clog-Neat-O from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in front of Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street.
Free Horse and wagon rides throughout the downtown area begin at noon until 1 p.m. Pickup and drop off will be at Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street. One block up on Academy Street, the Farmington Historical Society will be displaying vintage Greenwood items at the Titcomb House, as well as selling holiday wreaths. The Emblem Club will host their annual craft fair at the Farmington Elks Lodge, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 11 to 1 p.m., the Chamber will be collecting donations of food and money for the Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program for families in need.
In addition, there will be specials at several businesses. For instance, Spry Fitness Studio, which offers fitness classes with Kim Roberts and Alison Thayer is celebrating Chester Greenwood Day with an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon, and be teaching a free Strength and Cardio Circuit class at 9 a.m. and will be giving out class card discounts. The studio is located above The Calico Patch in downtown Farmington. For more: www.spryfitmaine.com or 491-3092. Northern Lights Hearth & Sports is holding a Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chester Greenwood Day that will feature specials and giveaways. The store is located at 639 Wilton Road. Call 778-6566 for more.
The Farmington Rotary Club's Annual Festival of Trees will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. upstairs at the Granary Restaurant on Front Street. A reception and auction of the trees begins at 6 p.m.
The Polar Bear Club's annual dip into Clearwater Lake at Allen's Mills in Industry will be held at 3 p.m.