Kick off the holiday season with local craft fairs

12noinformer - Vendors give out free samples in the temporarily converted greenhouse shopping center at Mahoney's Garden Center's annual Ladies' Night Out. (handout)
Vendors give out free samples in the greenhouse at Mahoney's Garden Center's annual Ladies' Night Out.

Sip hot cocoa and shop local vendors at The Enchanted Fair at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. The Beverly private school’s annual holiday fair will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 at 701 Cabot St., with an adult shopping night featuring 50 artisans and merchants and light refreshments. Then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, some vendors will return, and there will be craft tables, activities, food, and live holiday music. The event is free and open to the public.

Crafters and more will be at the Waldorf School in Beverly during the annual holiday fair.

Mahoney’s Garden Centerin Winchester will transform into a craft fair for the 12th annual Ladies’ Night Out. From 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, over 70 vendors touting goods handcrafted, knitted, baked, or bejeweled will fill the greenhouses at 242 Cambridge St. Food and wine samplings from local restaurants also will be available. The event kicks of Mahoney’s holiday season festivities, marking the garden center’s transformation into a temporary holiday shop for the season.

Want your Christmas tree to be the envy of all who visit your home? The Groveland Historical Society’s first Festival of Trees will begin on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Washington Hall, 101 Washington St. From 1 to 8 p.m. daily (except Thanksigiving), about 30 trees and 15 wreaths, both live and artificial, will be decorated and eventually raffled off at the Dec. 2 closing event. Admission is $5 per person, but children under 5 get in free. All funds raised go toward the society’s support of the historic Washington Hall, first built in 1874.


Appleton Farms in Ipswich has opened a new meat Community Supported Agriculture program, and members can now pick up cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and more. The CSA program allows members to pre-pay for a “share” of what the farm produces. The trend of meat and seafood CSAs has been growing in Massachusetts as a complement to existing programs for fruits and vegetables. The farm is located at 219 County Road. (Route 1A). For more information, go to

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce will honor regional business leaders at this year’s annual dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St. (Route 62). Among this year’s distinguished leaders are Grace Cotter Regan, head of school at St Mary’s of Lynn, who will become the president of Boston College High School; Lee Dellicker, CEO of Windover Construction in Beverly; and Bill Hanney, owner/producer at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. Tickets at $175 each and sponsorships at various levels can be reserved at

Bill Hanney, owner/producer at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

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