Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:43

    Tuxedo Historical Society hosts international bazaar Dec. 11 and 12 Tuxedo — The headquarters of the Tuxedo Historical Society will be transformed into an international craft and food bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale of crafts and goods from around the world is held in cooperation with SERRV International ( “These are gifts that give four times over,” said Deborah Harmon, executive director of the society. “First, the recipient will enjoy a unique hand-produced item; second, each purchase provides direct income to crafters and farmers; third, purchases support the work of SERRV International; and fourth, a percentage of each purchase helps to support THS projects.” All of the items are “fairly traded” meaning that the producers receive a living wage for their work. Fair trade is not about charity but rather about empowering producers to develop their own sustainable businesses. Behind each item is the story of the farmer or crafter who produced it: from the cocoa growers in Ghana to a women’s food cooperative in Israel and the West Bank, to weavers in Haiti. Prices range from one penny to $78. The historical society headquarters are located at 7 Hospital Road in Tuxedo. For more information e-mail or call 351-2926. Exposures Gallery hosts open house this Saturday Sugar Loaf — On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., Exposures Gallery in Sugar Loaf will hold a holiday open house, and Nick Zungoli will be signing complementary mini-prints of “Snowy Meadow.” Limited to one per visitor. For more information, go to Classoc Choral Society to present Christmas concerts on Dec. 12 BLOOMING GROVE — The Classic Choral Society will present its 51st annual Christmas concerts on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, 8 Old Dominion Road, in Blooming Grove, and on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, in Goshen. Artistic Director Janiece Kohler will conduct the 50-plus singers of the Choral Society and will welcome special guests — select members of the West Point Concert Band Brass, along with the choral society’s guest accompanist, Peter Hommel, music director at West Point’s Post Chapel. The concerts are free. Donations supporting Classic Choral Society community events are appreciated. For more information call 928-6462. Bonum appetitionem with Santa in the park GOSHEN — Orange County will host Breakfast with Santa Claus at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the Graham M. Skea Lodge in the park. Santa will be joined by the Hudson Valley clown, Macaroni, who will entertain young and old alike with his special brand of magic and humor. The buffet will feature an array of breakfast foods and beverages. Children will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes with Santa and pose for a picture. Admission at the door is $9 per person and free for children 5 years of age and younger. Space is limited and reservations are required in advance by contacting the Parks Department at 457-4910 or For more information visit Skate with Santa and other holiday happenings at Castle Fun Center Chester — The Castle Fun Center will host “Skate with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. A skate session costs $8.50. Skate rentals, $3. Blades, $4. On Friday, Dec. 31 the center will host its 4th annual Family New Year’s Eve Party, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include a dinner buffet, lazer tag, go karts, laser maze, $5 arcade card, activity bounce, rock climbing, roller skating, dancing and a balloon and confetti drop celebration on the rink. If purchased in advance, the cost is $27 per person. Children, ages 3 to 5, $12. Children 2 and under are free. (Order by Dec. 30.) Tickets available at the door are $30 per person and $15 for kids 3 to 5. For more information visit Candle-lighting remembrance to be held Dec. 12 at Warwick church Warwick — Warwick Methodist Church will host a special world-wide candle lighting on Sunday, Dec. 12. This event is designed to remember children, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who have died. Music and readings will be part of the Ecumenical Service. The candle lighting is sponsored by the St. Anthony’s Parental Bereavement Support Group. The church is located at 135 Forester Ave., in Warwick. For more information call 987-5293.