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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of December 2, 2019

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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Monday


December 2019
 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 6-10 a.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to help decorate the giant Christmas tree in downtown Saline. Cocoa, cookies, & music.
6 p.m., KeyBank, Michigan Ave. & N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4494.


 8 p.m. 

"Season of Light": EMU Planetarium.

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This animated historical audiovisual show explores many of the world's holiday customs that involve light displays. Suitable for all ages.
EMU Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Circle Dr. off Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Tickets $5. 487-2282.


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Wednesday


December 2019
 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Very Cheesy Holiday": Saline District Library.

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All invited eat some cheese, do a holiday craft, and watch the 2012 Hallmark Channel movie, Christmas with Holly.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration requested. SalineLibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 7:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for a petting zoo with livestock including goats, alpaca, and sheep. Also, a performance by a musical guest TBA (8-10 p.m.), and chestnuts roasting in the Christmas tree lot.
Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 21. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, 2-day Toy Sale (Dec. 6 & 7).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [map]


 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 4-10 p.m.  Free! 

"11th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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Holiday festival and outdoor market featuring local artisans and farmers. Kids activities (4-6 p.m.) include crafts and Santa's arrival at 5 p.m. Traditional German food, mulled wine, s'mores, and other treats. Tonight is also Midnight Madness, with Kerrytown businesses open late with holiday bargains.
4-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Festive Fridays": The Creature Conservancy.

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Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including alligators, a cougar, and porcupines. Includes cookies and hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 (kids age 2 & under, free) plus a donation towards animal care (e.g., grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, canned tuna, paper towels, & macaw toys, etc.); preregistration required. 929-9324. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

33rdAnnual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores, and a show by Ballet Chelsea on Dec. 1. (see separate listing).

. Fri: 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., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), storytime with Mrs. Claus (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea's Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (7 & 7:30 p.m., Clocktower Gazebo), and more.

. Sat.: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at chelseafestivals.com), a quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Annual Quilt Show & Sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12), All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show with an array of works by local artisans (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old-US 12 at Manchester Rd.), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1844), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Historic Homes Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 at chelseahistory.org), holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more.

. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Chancel Choir, the Detroit Renaissance High School choirs, and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by American composer Eric Whitacre, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Dutch composer Maarten Spruijt, and Benjamin Britten.

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6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free (except as noted). 475-1145. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living Nativity: Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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Living nativity with Christmas story performances, featuring a live camel, donkey, sheep, and goats. Hot chocolate, pretzels, & caroling.
6-8:30 p.m. (performances, 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.), Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. 4th Ave. Free. 665-6149. [map]


 6-10 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness Holiday Kickoff Party": Bløm Meadworks.

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Live music by local indie pop-folk singer-songwriter Frankie. Coffee & desserts from Milk + Honey, hot mulled mead, and DIY Screenprinting of a tote or card with the Ann Arbor Art Center available for purchase.
6-10 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission. Facebook.com/DrinkBlom. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"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 by the U-M Women's Glee Club, Pioneer Choir, Anything Goes Quartet, Morris Dancers, and more. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA), Dec. 2-Dec. 15, in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
7-9 p.m. (many stores stay open till midnight), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.


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Saturday


December 2019
 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

33rdAnnual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores, and a show by Ballet Chelsea on Dec. 1. (see separate listing).

. Fri: 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., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), storytime with Mrs. Claus (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea's Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (7 & 7:30 p.m., Clocktower Gazebo), and more.

. Sat.: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at chelseafestivals.com), a quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Annual Quilt Show & Sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12), All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show with an array of works by local artisans (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old-US 12 at Manchester Rd.), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1844), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Historic Homes Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 at chelseahistory.org), holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more.

. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Chancel Choir, the Detroit Renaissance High School choirs, and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by American composer Eric Whitacre, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Dutch composer Maarten Spruijt, and Benjamin Britten.

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6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free (except as noted). 475-1145. [map]


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

36th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Juried show and sale of photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, watercolors, dolls, Helen Springer baskets, and much more by 50 exhibitors. Also, sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, poinsettias, and more. Lunch available for purchase (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279 ext. 1. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Senior Center.

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Show and sale of handmade gifts, including wooden toys, knitted gloves and scarves, jams and jellies, and more. Also, the popular Grandma's Attic sale of second-hand holiday decorations and gifts.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DSC, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 21. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, 2-day Toy Sale (Dec. 6 & 7).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon 

Christmas Cookie & Vendor Market: St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Market with cookies by the pound and assorted vendor tables.
9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph Parish Center, 3430 Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Community Bazaar: Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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More than 24 artists, crafters, and scout troops show and sell handcrafted goods, including wood crafts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, & more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Andrew's Church, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. facebook.com/DexterGirlScouts. [map]


 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Hanukkah Bazaar: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Sale of gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, music, jewelry, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 3-7:30 p.m. (Sun.), TBA, 2309 Packard. Free admission. 665-4744. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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Sale of handcrafted gifts, ornaments, holiday decorations, winter apparel, scrubbies, and more. Also, a sale of baked treats and canned goods. Raffles of a quilt, a Paul Cousins multi-nut torte, a wooden carved Santa, a local gift certificate TBA, and a ceramic Christmas tree. Also, the museum gift shop is open. Proceeds benefit the museum.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. Free admission. 426-2519. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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Sale of scout-made arts & crafts and Girl Scouts nuts and candy. Lunch available for purchase.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 770-4308. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Winterberry Holiday Fair: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Sale of crafts and goods by local artists. Also, a rummage sale, gift baskets, and specialty food items.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DUMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, carriage rides, gingerbread house craft activity, chili cookoff, reindeer trail walk/run pajama movie party for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with a parade that brings Santa down Main Street to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
6:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.


 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"All the Trimmings Holiday Show"

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Wonderful artisan show in its 13th year featuring woodcarving, slate drawings, rug hooking, collectibles, primitive paintings, antiques, jewelry, teddy bears, textiles, fresh greens. Free admission, parking and refreshments.
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds Service Building, 20501 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea. Free. 7344752159. mdusbiber@aol.com www.allthetrimmingsholidayshow.weebly.com [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

8th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Ten local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, demos. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. eperry@umich.edu, 915-4915. [map]


 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, games, and DVDs, along with gift-quality books and books on CD, and more.
AADL Multipurpose Rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]


 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 Christmas oranges, and take Christmas lists. Free eggnog, hot cider, chestnuts roasted on an open fire, cranberry salad and other side dishes, and, while they last, samples of smoked Christmas turkey. Also, a performance by the Oliver Mayman Quintet, a jazz ensemble led by drummer Mayman, a recent Community/Huron High grad.
Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes 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]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Advent Happening Arts & Crafts": First Presbyterian Church.

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All ages invited to decorate cookies and make gifts, cards, and ornaments. Childcare available for babies age 2 & under (reservations required).
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo 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 as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Episcopal Church/ELCA Lutheran Church.

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Display of more than 300 nativities from around the world. Cookies & activities for kids.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free. 429-2991. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Craft Show: Maker Works.

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Show and sale of gift items made, in whole or part, at Maker Works.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free admission. 222-4911. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 2607 Plymouth Rd. (Sat.) & 2224 S. Main (Sun.). $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 661-3527. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Bazaar: Fresh Forage.

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Fresh Forage is welcoming community members of all ages to our first ever Holiday Bazaar! The event will feature local vendors and activities for kids, as well as a family friendly performance or two. This will be a great opportunity for folks in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, and other nearby communities to purchase unique, handcrafted gifts for friends and loved ones.
Our skilled and talented vendors will open up shop at 3pm Saturday, December 7th. Performances and activities will start at 5pm.
Vendors include Rustic Roots, Lucky Bird Candle Co, and Petite Fleur Skin Care.
Performers include theatrical group Untheatre Co and improve troupe Big Tilapia.
5% of all sales for the day will be donated to Dexter Farm to School!
Fresh Forage is proud to feature locally and ethically sourced ingredients in all of our menu items. We have numerous unique, customizable options, as well as delicious meals for vegetarians, vegans, and our friends with allergies.
Fresh Forage, 5060 Jackson Rd., Suite A. Free. 7348876655. MIFreshForage@gmail.com https://www.freshforage.com/ [map]



 4-7 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Holiday Homes Tour: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Tour of 4 Ypsilanti homes, all decorated for the holidays. Reception at the Michigan Firehouse Museum to follow, with food, drinks, and dancing to jazz by the Rob Crozier Ensemble with guest vocalist Danbee Lee.
4-7 p.m. (reception, 6-9 p.m.), various locations. Tickets $70 in advance only at a2tix.com, ymow.org, Nelson Amos Studio, Haab's restaurant, & the YMOW office. 487-9669. [map]
 


 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Indoor Nativity Scene": Peace Lutheran Church.

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Live 30-minute performances on the half hour. With caroling led by Friends in Harmony choir.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd. Free. 424-0899. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Christmas Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 44th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, dancers, animals, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh.
5:30-7:30 p.m., downtown Saline. Free shuttle available from Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave. Free. 429-4494. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Auction: Prison Creative Arts Project - University of Michigan.

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Behind the scene of every Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is our ongoing effort towards making the exhibition happen. Mark your calendars for 2019 Art Auction hosted by Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), and join us for an evening with wine, dessert, art, and connect with the PCAP community.
Proceeds from the auction will support the upcoming 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. This auction will feature artwork donated by incarcerated artists, PCAP curators, University of Michigan faculty, and Michigan artists.
Dec 7, 2019 at Michigan League, Hussey Room
6:30 p.m. Wine & Dessert Reception, Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Live Auction Begins
*Free Admission*
Michigan League, Hussey Room, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. pcapinfo@umich.edu prisonarts.org [map]



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December 2019
 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Show and sale of antiques and vintage items. Deliveries available. Concessions. Leashed pets welcome.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (children age 15 & under with an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

8th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Ten local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, demos. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. eperry@umich.edu, 915-4915. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Artisan Market: Argus Farm Stop.

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Sale of handmade goods from more than 12 local artisans. Music from local masked fiddler Violin Monster. Farm stop also open.

Vendors include:

Allison Okuyama, Textiles

Mia Moyad, Mixed media

Stefanie Stauffer, Nightshade Farm

Jennifer Dowd, Flutes

Brian Barch, Hand carved wood utensils

Teresa Schneider, Cards & garlic products

Felix Nicol, Ceramics

Teri Williams, Textiles

Lisse Williams, Paintings & cards.

Chris Hippler, Bee jewelry

Scott Heister, Cards
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Argus, 1200 Packard. Free admission. 997-5448. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes 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]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Holiday Art Studio Sale.

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Sale of oil paintings by local artist Jaye Schlesinger.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., 307 W. Davis Ave. Free admission. 417-3032. [map]


 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Juried market featuring local handmade arts and crafts. Raffle every week for a handmade item from the featured artist of the month.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 am.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 2607 Plymouth Rd. (Sat.) & 2224 S. Main (Sun.). $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 661-3527. [map]


 Noon-7 p.m.  Free! 

33rdAnnual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores, and a show by Ballet Chelsea on Dec. 1. (see separate listing).

. Fri: 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., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), storytime with Mrs. Claus (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea's Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (7 & 7:30 p.m., Clocktower Gazebo), and more.

. Sat.: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at chelseafestivals.com), a quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Annual Quilt Show & Sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12), All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show with an array of works by local artisans (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old-US 12 at Manchester Rd.), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1844), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Historic Homes Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 at chelseahistory.org), holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more.

. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Chancel Choir, the Detroit Renaissance High School choirs, and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by American composer Eric Whitacre, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Dutch composer Maarten Spruijt, and Benjamin Britten.

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6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free (except as noted). 475-1145. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo 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 as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Area Pickup Robotics Exhibition Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to watch as robots, built in mere weeks by area high school robotics teams, compete in 2 vs. 2 volleyball matches. Finals start around 5 p.m.
U-M Sports Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 327-4200. [map]


 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, games, and DVDs, along with gift-quality books and books on CD, and more.
AADL Multipurpose Rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library and do a holiday craft inside.
2-4 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3-7:30 p.m. 

Hanukkah Bazaar: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Sale of gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, music, jewelry, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 3-7:30 p.m. (Sun.), TBA, 2309 Packard. Free admission. 665-4744. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

"Meads and Movies": Bløm Meadworks.

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Movie screenings. Dec. 1: Hallmark movie TBA. Dec. 8: Christmas Vacation. Dec. 15: Home Alone. Dec. 22: Elf. Dec 29: Die Hard.
4-6 p.m., Bløm taproom, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission; buy your own food & drink. 548-9729. [map]






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