Sunday, December 11, is winter holiday festival time in Norfolk, where the town's merchants start celebrating at 10 a.m. with a day of extended store hours, dining specials, wreaths and trees, and special musical events.
Entertainment takes center stage at Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road West (Route 44) the Whiffenpoofs will perform with the Quirks in a matinee starting at 1:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar appear in concert. In between, the choir from Church of Christ Congregational will be caroling at various stops along Station Place from 3:00 till 5:00 p.m. and “Lions Share,” sponsored by the Norfolk Lions Club, will play bluegrass music from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Country Store, 6 Station Place (where you can also take a pre-opening tour between noon and 5:00 p.m.).
And the shopping…. Shopping starts at 10:00 a.m. just off Route 44 on Station Place as the Artisan’s Guild opens with a colorful array of toys, clothes, ornaments, candles, jewelry, yarns and many other handmade wares from local artisans. In the same building, Joseph Stannard Antiques specializes in country French furnishings, while the Stannard barn across the way displays antique garden ornaments and contemporary furniture designed by the owner. And around the corner, at 18 Greenwoods Road West (Route 44), you’ll find antique silver, fine jewelry, gifts and collectibles at Sigma Design Studio; the shop is housed in a charming old bank building.
For those who like to benefit a worthy cause, the Susan B. Anthony Project will be in Norfolk selling holiday wreaths and the Norfolk/Colebrook Boy Scouts will be selling fresh Christmas trees, starting at 2:30 p.m. in front of the cafe.
And, yes, there is food for hungry shoppers, complete with specials, at Infinity Bistro (20 Greenwoods Road West), Wood Creek Bar & Grill (14 Greenwoods Road West) and Station Place Cafe (10 Station Place), which is extending its hours just for this holiday festival.
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