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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales

There's plenty of art and art fairs in Ann Arbor those other 361 days a year. A busy museum and gallery circuit provides many openings and shows to choose from. Each month you'll find antique shows, charity sales, and community festivals.





 
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Tuesday


December 2013
 6-7:30 p.m. 

"One Candle for Tzedakah": Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center.

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Family-oriented Hanukkah celebration. All encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. The program includes a latke dinner with sufganiot (jelly donuts) followed by a candle lighting, Hanukkah songfest, face painting and other kids activities. Entertainment by Ring of Steel Action Theater. All invited.
7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (household, $15). 971-0990. [map]
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Friday


December 2013
 7:30 a.m.-midnight 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for cestnuts roasted on an open fire, a surprise TBA from DH&G owner Mark Hodesh (sometime before 5 p.m.), and performances at 8 & 9 p.m. by Our Own Thing Chorale, a the popular local chorus directed by U-M music professor emeritus Willis Patterson.
7:30 a.m.-midnight, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

25th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 6-8. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminaria along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores.

Dec. 6: tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's Workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Company), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room ), a Living Nativity with live animals and a Christmas choir (7:30-8:30 p.m., First Methodist Church), and more.

Dec. 7: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Methodist Church; space limited; preregistration required), Holiday Parade (6 p.m., Main St.), After-Parade Party & Community Sing led by the all-female vocal ensemble Counterpoint (7-9 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), the "Great Bear Cub Run" for kids (7 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), and more.

Dec. 8: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High musicians. The program features Vivaldi's Magnificat, Arthur Foote's Suite for Strings, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Also, the Holiday Festival of Lessons and Carols (6:30 p.m., Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel) and more.

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9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) & noon-7 p.m. (Dec. 2), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.
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 5-11 p.m. 

Saline Moonlight Madness Craft Show: Saline Community Education/Hoeft Promotions/Saline Area Schools.

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ThisOver 150 creative craft persons, showcasing their most recent and exceptional work, from throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will travel to this show starting at 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. on Friday, December 6 at the Saline Middle, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176. Other crafters include decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing. All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individual crafters and available at affordable prices. Artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works. Chri
Peggy Ernst of Saline visits the December show with great anticipation of the holidays. Having attended this show since it originated in 2004, Peggy says, "I love it. I wouldn't miss it. I find the best gifts plus it puts me in the mood for the Holiday spirit especially when you share it with friends. And I can leave work, begin shopping and have a
Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline. $3. 734-429-5922; 734-429-8020. cheryl.hoeft@gmail.com www.salineshows.com [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading astronaut Mark Kelly's Mousetronaut (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, planetarium dome, the interactive demo "Cooking Up a Comet" (6 p.m.), and 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.).
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 5-11 p.m. 

"Moonlight Madness Craft Show": Saline Community Education.

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Juried show and sale of works by more than 150 crafters. Also, concessions, bake sale, a holiday tea (6 p.m., cost TBA, reservations required), a cookie walk, screenings of the family-friendly Christmas comedy Elf (5:30 & 7:30 p.m.), cookie decorating (5-9 p.m.), a gingerbread house display & contest (5-10 p.m.), a kids' quilting corner (5-9 p.m.), and caricatures by Debra Adamcik (6-9 p.m.).
5-11 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $3 admission. 429-5922, 429-8020. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

"5th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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A holiday sale featuring local artisans and farmers, live music, a lantern parade, and fire pits to roast s'mores and chestnuts. Beer, mulled wine, and food available. Tonight is also "Midnight Madness" (6 p.m.-midnight) in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, with special holiday sales, live music, and more.
6-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]
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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tree lighting ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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A chance to view the Christmas tree. Also, a carol sing-along and hot chocolate & cookies.
7 p.m., downtown Saline in front of Key Bank. Free. 429-4494.
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment TBA. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA) Nov. 29-Dec. 17 in front of Literati Bookstore (124 E. Washington; include a return address to receive a response from Santa).
7-9 p.m. (some stores open later), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.
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 7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 6-8. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Brian Altevogt directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 6 & 7) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-4612. [map]
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Saturday


December 2013
 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

25th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 6-8. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminaria along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores.

Dec. 6: tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's Workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Company), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room ), a Living Nativity with live animals and a Christmas choir (7:30-8:30 p.m., First Methodist Church), and more.

Dec. 7: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Methodist Church; space limited; preregistration required), Holiday Parade (6 p.m., Main St.), After-Parade Party & Community Sing led by the all-female vocal ensemble Counterpoint (7-9 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), the "Great Bear Cub Run" for kids (7 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), and more.

Dec. 8: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High musicians. The program features Vivaldi's Magnificat, Arthur Foote's Suite for Strings, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Also, the Holiday Festival of Lessons and Carols (6:30 p.m., Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel) and more.

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9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) & noon-7 p.m. (Dec. 2), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

30th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Show and sale of photography, jewelry, nature crafts, woodworking, watercolors, soaps, ceramics, textiles, chocolate, and much more by more than 60 vendors. Also, a sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, roping, and poinsettias.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Bazaar and Children's Faire: Rudolf Steiner School.

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An artisan market, a toy room, storytelling and puppet theater, and activities, including jump rope winding and candle dipping. Musical performances, raffle, and refreshments. Preceded on Dec. 6 by an adults-only preview night (5-8 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport Rd. Free admission. 995-4141. [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Area Museum Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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The Dexter Heritage Guild will present its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7th at the Dexter Area Museum, location 3443 Inverness St. Visitors will find tables full of delicious baked goods and a large variety of items handcrafted by Guild members - everything from holiday ornaments and décor, hats & scarves, toys, fresh evergreen wreaths, to the Guild's signature scrubbies and decorative fire-starters and more! The Museum's Corner Gift Shop will be open. Please visit our website: www.dextermuseum.org for more information and about upcoming events.
Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-2519. www.dextermuseum.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Senior Center.

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Show and sale of handmade crafts and items from "Grandma's Attic." Also, a bake sale.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
734-426-4477
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter Library.

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Used Book Sale
Hosted by the Friends of the Dexter Library
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
734-426-4477
There will also be a special section of various priced gift books for your holiday shopping. Most other prices range from 25 cents to $2.00.
Upcoming sales for 2014:
• January 4
• February 1
• March 1
• April 5
• May 3
• June 7
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Comet Discovery Day": U-M Natural History Museum.

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This family-oriented program features a chance to make comets and craters, and learn about telescopes, light, and waves. Comet talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and screenings of Impact Earth, an audiovisual planetarium show about objects that can and do hit the Earth, on the half hour. Held in conjunction with the anticipated celestial spectacle as the new discovered comet ISON moves away from the sun in early December.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for the Holidays": ShopDexter.com.

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Caroling and music TBA throughout the downtown all day. The Dexter Area Museum, Dexter Senior Center, and St. Andrew's United Church of Christ host holiday craft bazaars (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). At 4 p.m. are the 5K Holiday Hustle ($29 before Nov. 29 & $35 race weekend for adults, $24 before Nov. 29 and $30 race weekend for age 17 & under), a competitive 5-km run/walk with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, and Foresters Frozen 1-Mile Fun Run ($24 before Nov. 29 & $30 race weekend for adults, $15 before Nov. 29 and $20 race weekend for age 17 & under), with registration available at runholiday5k.com.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., downtown and other locations, Dexter. Free admission. 502-4257.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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AAWA members sell their work, including paintings, photographs, sculpture, glass art, jewelry, fiber art, scarves, gloves, ornaments, greeting cards, and more.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Women Artists Space, Suite 100, Jackson Square Plaza, 4844 Jackson Rd. Free admission. 975-2937. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show.

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An array of works by local artisans, including woodcarvings, counted cross-stitch embroidery, folk paintings, pastels, textiles, jewelry, bears, rug hooking, chair caning, and more. Also, antiques & collectibles, locally roasted coffee, and fresh Christmas greens. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12 at Manchester Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. allthetrimmingsshow.blogspot.com. 475-2159.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Book Shop: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 7 & 8. With used puzzles and games, along with gift-quality books and books on CD.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), AADL lower level, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Party: Downtown Home & Garden.

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Santa is on hand to talk to kids, give them a Christmas orange, and take their Christmas lists. Free roasted chestnuts, eggnog, cider, and, while they last, mouth-watering morsels of smoked Christmas turkey.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Gift-Fest 2013: Ann Arbor Artists' Collective.

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15th annual holiday show and sale of original works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, paper, basketry, painting, and more by more than 25 local artists. Refreshments & a raffle of artist-made ornaments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free admission. 272-2901. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 7 & 8. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics and Christmas ornaments. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Displays of model train layouts from the Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club, along with an antique sleigh. Also, Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Carolers. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 (kids ages 1-7, $1). 426-4961. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm and at Dewey School": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Also, the log house features 1840s décor. Singers perform traditional holiday songs, and a blacksmith works at the forge. Docent-guided tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse and of the school, bake sale, and greens sale. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mega Sale & Extravaganza": Motawi Tileworks.

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Tile-making demonstrations, a tile sale, "Tile Tales" by Nawal Motawi, and more. Also, make-a-tile workshop (materials provided). Demos include hand-pressed tile and bulb glazing. Door prize, snacks, and discounts.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Motawi, 170 Enterprise Dr. (north of Jackson Rd. between Staebler & Baker). Free admission. 213-0017. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Wonderful and Unusual Gifts": Nature's Expressions.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, & 8. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free. 994-3048.
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 1-7 p.m. 

Artist's Open Studio and Sale.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Award-winning Chelsea artist Candace Compton Pappas shows and sells her paintings, sculpture, and cement and steel wares that range from small cups to altars.
1-7 p.m., 409 Madison, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6059. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Christmas: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]
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 4:30 p.m. 

"Miss Sunburst Beauty Pageant": Briarwood/Sunburst Beauty Pageants.

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Girls and women from infants to age 27 and boys from infants to age 3 are judged on beauty, overall appearance, and personality.
4:30 p.m., Briarwood Macy's court. Free to spectators. $45-$110 to participate (preregistration required at pageantinfo.com or the mall office). 769-9610. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village" at Stone Arch Arts & Events.
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village."
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 6-8. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Brian Altevogt directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 6 & 7) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-4612. [map]
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Sunday


December 2013
 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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This Sunday, Dec. 8 will be the annual Holiday Show and also the last Market of the 2013 season. Don't miss that one of a kind item for that special someone (or yourself) and all the shopping fun....you'll find holiday collectibles, quilts, furniture, traditional, shabby, industrial, art, pottery, mission, mid century modern, jewelry, and so much more. This is a "one day only" event so come early and shop late...9am - 4pm. The SALINE DOWNTOWN DINER will be serving their homemade bar-b-que and soups for a mid-day energy pick up. See you SUNDAY!
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. 937-875-0808. salinemarket@gmail.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 7 & 8. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics and Christmas ornaments. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Displays of model train layouts from the Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club, along with an antique sleigh. Also, Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Carolers. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 (kids ages 1-7, $1). 426-4961. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Wonderful and Unusual Gifts": Nature's Expressions.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, & 8. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free. 994-3048.
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 Noon-7 p.m.  Free! 

25th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 6-8. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminaria along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores.

Dec. 6: tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's Workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Company), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room ), a Living Nativity with live animals and a Christmas choir (7:30-8:30 p.m., First Methodist Church), and more.

Dec. 7: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Methodist Church; space limited; preregistration required), Holiday Parade (6 p.m., Main St.), After-Parade Party & Community Sing led by the all-female vocal ensemble Counterpoint (7-9 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), the "Great Bear Cub Run" for kids (7 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), and more.

Dec. 8: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High musicians. The program features Vivaldi's Magnificat, Arthur Foote's Suite for Strings, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Also, the Holiday Festival of Lessons and Carols (6:30 p.m., Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel) and more.

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9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) & noon-7 p.m. (Dec. 2), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm and at Dewey School": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Also, the log house features 1840s décor. Singers perform traditional holiday songs, and a blacksmith works at the forge. Docent-guided tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse and of the school, bake sale, and greens sale. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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"Country Christmas": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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Re-creation of mid-19th-century Christmases, with period decorations, cooking on the woodstove, and live holiday music. Also, a chance to make period holiday crafts to take home. Handmade-crafts from local crafters for sale. Costumed interpreters provide tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and its grounds.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; children under 3, free). 794-7120. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Book Shop: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 7 & 8. With used puzzles and games, along with gift-quality books and books on CD.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), AADL lower level, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]
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 1-7 p.m. 

Artist's Open Studio and Sale.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Award-winning Chelsea artist Candace Compton Pappas shows and sells her paintings, sculpture, and cement and steel wares that range from small cups to altars.
1-7 p.m., 409 Madison, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6059. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Christmas: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]
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 2-3 p.m. 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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All invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in this annual outdoor performance of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held today across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Registration and rehearsal at the U-M School of Music Bldg. (1100 Baits, off Broadway, North Campus) begins at 9:30 a.m. Music books available ($16). Bring a lunch. Hats, gloves, and sunglasses recommended.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. $8. Free to spectators. 395-9544.
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 4 p.m. 

36th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 6-8. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Brian Altevogt directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 6 & 7) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-4612. [map]
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