BFDDA open house weekend

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance is planning an Open House Weekend for Friday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 26. Each day has a special title for the annual weekend, including: Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, Open House Sunday, and Cider Monday.

Our Shop Local cards are distributed at almost 60 locations throughout Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Saxtons River, and Westminster, Vt.

The following businesses have special activities planned.

  • Athens Pizza & Family Restaurant
  • Bellows Falls Community Bike Project – specials for Small Business Saturday
  • Boccaccio’s Salon – gift certificate and product specials
  • Flat Iron Exchange – Drink specials and gift bags, Santa visits Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Halladays Flowers and Harvest Barn – Saturday wine tasting and refreshments, Sunday wreath class
  • J & H Hardware and Sporting Goods – Plaid Friday discount on your purchase for customers wearing plaid, weekend sale
  • Kendall’s Kitchen – Discount on gift certificates. Open Friday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Open 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Saturday and Sunday, open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • LuLa Roe Kassandra Maxfield – Open house Saturday at 35 School St.
  • Moon Dog Cafe – open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Popolo – Open dinner Friday and Saturday, Brunch Sunday
  • River Artisans Cooperative – open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
  • Saxtons River Inn – Vinnie Di Bernardo in the bar Saturday. Dessert with entrée
  • Sherwin Art Glass – Open Studio Weekend with Walpole Artisans glassblowing demonstrations, free refreshments
  • Windham Antiques – refreshments

Village Square Booksellers will host several family-oriented events for the Bellows Falls Open House weekend.

Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Village Square Booksellers features Erin Rounds and author-illustrator John Steven Gurney for Indies First Day.

Erin Rounds’ book, “Charlotte’s Bones,” is set in Vermont. In 1849, a crew building a railroad through Charlotte, Vt., dug up strange and beautiful bones in a farmer’s field. Erin Rounds is a mom and a fourth grade ELA and social studies teacher. “Charlotte’s Bones” is her first published work. Rounds lives in Springfield.

John Steven Gurney’s book is called “Bossy Pirate.” It’s mutiny on the high seas in this light-hearted lesson in playing well with others. Gurney has illustrated more than 140 chapter books, including the “A to Z Mysteries,” “The Bailey School Kids,” and “The Calendar Mysteries” series. He loves visiting schools to talk about illustration. He lives in Brattleboro.

Sunday, Nov. 25 will host Lesley Nase with a reading of “Who Paints the World” and “Llama Llama” related events. “Who Paints the World” is for all children who need to feel loved and supported. It is written for children who are very ill. We will have coloring pencils and paper along with “Llama Llama” coloring pages for this interactive event. Kids, come dressed in your favorite pajamas! Parents, starting Sunday, Nov. 25 and continuing until Tuesday, Nov. 27, bring a pair of new, unworn pajamas to donate to kids in need. For every new pair of pajamas donated, Penguin Young Readers will also donate a book.

Village Square Booksellers will also host specials throughout the Open House weekend.

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