GROTON — The town has two new holiday traditions this year: the inaugural Groton Winter Festival & Art Fair and Holiday Lights.
The Winter Festival & Art Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prescott Community Center and The Groton Inn, featuring a juried art fair with more than 50 artisans, with vendor fees going to support the Prescott Community Center.
Among the wares for sale at both locations will be handcrafted jewelry, pottery, knit goods, fabric art, stained, fused and lampwork glass, and unique finds from local artisans and bakers.
In the spirit of giving, a silent auction will feature a variety of donations from artisans and businesses, including a full week of “Artstravaganza” art camp at Perwinkle Art & Glassworks, located at the Prescott Community Center.
There will also be musicians in scattered locations. If anyone is interested in performing for a short bit inside or even outside, contact Judy Romatelli, Periwinkle owner and the event’s organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside, there will be plenty of activities: horse and carriage rides sponsored by the Groton Inn; a petting zoo from 1 to 3 p.m.; “Animal Craze” on the front lawn; and food trucks from Heavnly Dogs and Catering, Coffee Cabin, Campbell’s Southern Chicken, and Grub Guru Asian Fusion BBQ.
“We are so excited for Periwinkle to be hosting this event through Prescott,” Romatelli said. “It is a wonderful way to bring the community together to celebrate all the joys of the winter season. We are pleased to have such a variety of artisans and local vendors to share in the fun!”
Also at Prescott on Dec. 4, visit the open house at Old School Clay and Ceramics and the annual Cub Scout wreath sale, while the Groton Woman’s Club will also hold its 15th annual Greens Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williams Barn.
Groton Interfaith Council will have a booth at the fair highlighting all of the traditional winter celebrations and sharing information to anyone interested to learn more about each celebration. They will also light the tree across from Union Congregational Church from 4 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.
In addition, thanks to the generous support of the Groton Business Association, Rollstone Bank, Murphy Insurance and NOA Gallery, a new collaboration known as “Groton Lights” will add solar-powered strands of lights to the tree trunks along Main Street and additional lit trees to Main Street. Volunteers have approached Lawrence Academy and all the homes and businesses on Main Street to add to their holiday decorations this year.
“We hope Groton Lights will brighten the spirits of Groton residents and the thousands of people who pass through our beautiful town every day,” said Joni Parker-Roach, co-owner of NOA Gallery. “We also hope that we can grow this into an annual town tradition — to create a majestic Main Street every December.”