Get a head start on your holiday decorating at the Rowayton Gardeners' Christmas Market, Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hand decorated Christmas wreaths with bows, boxwood trees, table arrangements and swags of greens will be available for purchase along with a variety of unusual holiday gift items. There will also be a silent auction. The profits from the Christmas Market support all the club's programs including civic beautification, conservation, environmental awareness, youth activities and garden therapy at Hilltop Homes. Plantings at the beach, daffodils at the pond, and roses at the library are some of the many garden projects maintained by the club. The Rowayton Gardeners meet on the first Thursday of each month. New members are welcome. Contact Jamie Behr at 203-247-2576 or visit

Light up Rowayton

Downtown Rowayton will come alive with twinkling lights at the annual holiday town lighting on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. Festivities will begin at Pinkney Park with the tree lighting and caroling. Afterward, stroll down Rowayton Avenue to view the window decorations created by local merchants. Then enjoy a warm beverage and snack compliments of the Rowayton Market. Rowayton Avenue will be blocked between Wilson Avenue and the Fire House, so come early if you're driving. Enter your favorite eggnog recipe in the annual Rowayton EggNog Contest on after the tree lighting. Tables, chairs, cups and cookies will be provided -- just bring three gallons of your favorite eggnog recipe. All tasters must be 21 or older. To enter, email Stuart Ferrell at or call 203-354-7062.

Holiday gifts galore at RAC

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Savvy shoppers always discover unique gift items and holiday decorations created by Rowayton Arts Center members at its Holiday Gift Show. New items added weekly. Tell your friends. Extended gallery hours include are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Post office taking letters to Santa

The Rowayton Post Office is now accepting letters addressed to Santa Claus. A special mailbox has been installed inside the post office on Rowayton Avenue just for those special delivery letters. To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, place them in this special mailbox or mail them to: Santa Claus, c/o Rowayton Post Office, Rowayton CT 06853 before Dec. 21. Make sure you include your name and address (clearly written) in your letter. Santa will respond to as many letters as possible.

RHS offers holiday open house

The Rowayton Historical Society will be hosting a Holiday Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. before the tree lighting in Pinkney Park on Sunday, Dec. 2. "First Snowfall" will be the featured exhibit, including Brian Kammerer's spectacular model trains, set up in a miniature Victorian village, an idyllic winter scene when the railroad was bringing loved ones home to celebrate the holidays. Come see the Thomas Holiday Engine and the New Haven Line diesel passenger car. Refreshments will be served.

Help fight hunger for the holidays

The Rowayton Library is asking the community to help fight hunger during this holiday season by donating a can of soup or two. Food collected during this campaign will be given to Person-to-Person. Person-to-Person's Emergency Food Pantry provides groceries for clients to prepare three meals a day for seven days. Please consider purchasing an extra can of soup or two when you do your holiday food shopping. Other items to donate include: peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, dry cereal, juice in plastic bottles, juice boxes, Jell-O, coffee (instant or ground), boxed tea bags, canned meat (Spam; chicken), saltines, canned tuna, canned spaghetti and ravioli. You can drop off these items at the library.

Eldercare lecture slated Sunday

On Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the Rowayton United Methodist Church will sponsor a lecture on eldercare with Laurie Giles, attorney and mediator. The program is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is suggested. Please call 203-838-0049.

Wrap til you drop

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., kids (and adults) are invited to come and wrap their presents for their parents and friends. Wrapping paper and ribbon and tape and scissors will be provided. The library received a very kind donation of wrapping paper. This program is free and open to the public. Santa's helpers will be here to help the little ones wrap presents. Wrapping Workshop for adults is slated from noon to 3 p.m. Wrapping Workshop for kids (and adults) is slated from 3 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All you need to bring are presents.

New Yorker Breakfast Club

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m., the Rowayton Library's New Yorker Magazine Breakfast Club will meet for the last time for the season to discuss recent articles and cartoons in the magazine. Author Diana Loevy ("The Book Club Companion") will be our discussion leader. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served. This program is free and open to the public. Multiple copies of the New Yorker Magazine are already available to get back into the swing of reading The New Yorker magazine.

Meet Goodfellow at Brendan's 101

Dana Goodfellow and her "Seascapes/From Nantucket to Darien" will be honored with an artist's reception on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brendan's 101.Her work will be on exhibit through Dec. 12. For more of her work, visit

Spitz to discuss biography of Child

Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., New York Times bestselling author Bob Spitz will entertain the Rowayton community with excerpts from his latest book : "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child." In "Dearie," Spitz employs the same skill he brought to his best-selling, book "The Beatles," providing a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time. Barrett Books will be on site if you wish to purchase a signed copy. Delicacies from Child's recipes will be on hand to "sample."

Workshop gets kids in holiday spirit

Rowayton Art Center's popular Holiday Workshop is a fun-filled tradition that has been enjoyed for many years. Parents drop off their youngsters (ages 5-12) who celebrate the holiday season and the coming of winter with other children while making things from Model Magic, pine cones, paper ornaments and other interesting artifacts. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, participants will create holiday gifts, ornaments, cards and more in the RAC Art School's studio at 145 Rowayton Ave. The $85 fee includes all materials. Participants should bring a lunch. Register online at or call 203-866-2744.

Create a tree treat at the library

The library continues its holiday CraftTime tradition with "Create Your Own Personal Edible Holiday Tree" on Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 pm. With sugar cones and decorative candies, come make your own personal edible tree. The program is designed for kids of all ages. Reservations appreciated. Call 203-838-5038 or visit

Nativity Pageant

Show your community support by joining the 49th annual Rowayton Civic Associatino Nativity Pageant on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Adult and children volunteers are needed. Gather your family and friends, and come out to witness an uplifting performance by our own Rowayton residents. For information, contact Greg Saumat

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