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Gift, ornament workshop on Friday

SHELBURNE FALLS — Need some more holiday cheer?

The Arts Garden in Shelburne Falls is hosting a free “Make Your Own Gifts and Ornaments” family workshop on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., for all ages.

The Arts Garden, next to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, is a combination community arts center and studio with plenty of art supplies, recycled art materials and inspiration.

“We have lots of materials and ideas for making fun small gifts.and seasonal or holiday ornaments,” says founder Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, a mixed-media artist and art teacher. She said there will be some hanging ornaments, garlands, greeting cards and small gift ideas, intended to spark one’s own originality.

Wegschieder said participants may bring their own copies of favorite photographs, to personalize what they make.

For details: call 413-625-2782 or email

Artisan holiday fair in Heath on Saturday

HEATH —The Heath and Hilltowns Artisan Holiday Fair takes place Saturday in the Heath Community Hall, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event offers shoppers an array of handmade art, crafts and local goods, including jewelry, honey, Benson Place wild blueberry preserves, felted Christmas ornaments, blown glass, and pottery.

This is also the first day in which people who have ordered local goods from the Heath Elementary School’s Artisan Catalog can pick up their orders. The next day that catalog orders may picked up will be on Dec. 19 at the Heath Elementary School.

Besides a chance to shop and buy unique items, there will be raffles, hot cider and other beverages, live fiddle music, a bake sale, and henna tattooing.

Sales will benefit the Heath Elementary School.

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