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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 4, 2018 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 13 them find that special, one-of-a- kind item on their shopping list. Wilson said people can walk up and down the streets picking up cookies from each of the stores, but the soup and hot chocolate at the Friendship Lodge Masonic Hall, 1167 Putnam Pike, should not be missed. The lodge is sponsoring Bell Ringers on Dec. 13, and free photos with Santa Claus Dec. 20. Candlelight Shopping on Dec. 22 lasts all day. Like many other groups in town, the Friendship Lodge will sell Christmas items in a bazaar out front. The Chepachet Union Church, 1138 Putnam Pike, and the Glocester Heritage Society, 1181 Main St., host local crafters and vendors to feature the local talent Glocester and surrounding communities boast. Next door to the Town Trader at 1177 Putnam Pike is the Brown and Hopkins Country Store. Open since 1809, it's America's oldest continuous running country store. Owner Elizabeth Yuill said the shop closes for four days each year for Christmas decorating, and it shows. Walking into the store smells like Christmas, with notes of pine and maple and a hint of cinnamon. The store serves samples of some of its gourmet specialty sweets, and stays open for shoppers during Candlelight Shopping. "It's a great community night. We have festive evening with tons to offer," Yuill said. Stop in the Old Post Office Antiques and Such to visit own- ers Jere Henault and Bob Brown, who helped create Candlelight Shopping 25 years ago. Henault said the stroll is successful every night each year, even when there is bad weather. "Then it not only looks like Christmas, it feels like Christmas, too," Henault said. Henault said Glocester is a sleepy town and to see it lit up for Christmas is both beautiful and odd. He said the town usu- ally closes up and empties when the sun goes down, and to see people walking around under the vintage-style streetlights happens only once each year. Sentimental finds like this antique ANNALEE SANTA fingurine and other Christmas decorations can be purchased at the Town Trader. (BREEZE PHOTO BY JAQUELYN MOOREHEAD) Don't forget the stocking stuffers: bags of PENNY CANDY ready to go from Brown and Hopkins Country Store, open late during Glocester's Candlelight Shopping. (BREEZE PHOTO BY JAQUELYN MOOREHEAD) From preceding page See STROLL, Page 14 Rhode Island's Largest Selection • BERNINA • BABYLOCK • JANOME • ELNA • NECCHI • JUKI • Large Assortment of Fabrics • Threads for all Sewing Applications • Notions & Patterns • Sewing Furniture & more FREE Unlimited Instructions with Purchase Machines starting at $ 99 00 Lay-a-way and financing available Blaine's . . . Where Customer Service Is 'SEW' Important! 1280 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, RI 401-463-8824 FAMILY OWNED FOR OVER 60 YEARS SALES AND SERVICE SINCE 1950 Hours: Tu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Th. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE Service Gift Cards Available Blaine's sewing machine center Visit our website for Class Schedules & Special Events www.blainessewing.net 600 High Street, Central Falls, RI 02863 401-723-6100 www.twincitymarine.com New England's Santa Approved Dealer!

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