Holiday Events start this week! Cookie Competition, Sing Along, and more.

The bustling holiday season has returned, and there’s a full calendar of events just waiting for you!
_MG_9454 copy6th Annual Baking Competition at the Holiday Bazaar and Chowder Luncheon
Dec 3rd, 10am – 2pm and Dec 4th, 11am-2pm
At Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH

Chowder Luncheon served 11am-2pm

The Holiday Bazaar features a variety of gingerbread houses, baked goods, crafts, berry bowls, kitchen items, knit items, toys, vendors, and attic treasures. Luncheon includes homemade fish and corn chowder, assorted sandwiches, and delicious desserts.This year’s fantastic gingerbread house display will feature decorated houses for sale in a variety of sizes.

Also, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts will be holding their Annual Baking Competition, a community celebration of deliciousness! Baked goods will be for sale, and for $2 you can sample all the entries and vote for the winner. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. To sign up to be a competitor visit wcc-ma.org/bakers, or contact melissa@wcc-ma.org

Handicapped Accessible.

To sign up to be a handmade vendor ($10 fee) contact unionchurchnh@gmail.com
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IMG_3769 copyGingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, December 10th,
Morning Session: 10am – 12pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Reserve your house by: December 7th

Join us for this delightful holiday tradition filled with gingerbread, candy, and fun! Houses and candy are provided, $12 per house (when registered in advance) or $15 for walk-ins. Make sure to reserve your house by emailing unionchurchnh@gmail.com (best), or calling 802-738-0678 (leave a message with you name, ph #, and number of houses you would like) to guarantee a spot, last year we sold out! Discounts available upon request for families purchasing 2 or more houses. This event is open to all, and is held at Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. (Please note that this is a community event hosted by our friends at Union Church. We wanted to share this with you because it’s such a fun, creative event, and proceeds help to support our facility and their generous financial contribution to WCCMA). 

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Our holiday concert with the Firehouse Six Dixieland Band included some festive banjo

Our holiday concert with the Firehouse Six Dixieland Band 

Christmas with the Firehouse 6
December 18th, 2pm
At Union Church Hall
133 Old Church Road
Claremont, NH

Enjoy Holiday and Christmas favorites with some dixie twists, brass, and a side of banjo. Plus of course some Dixieland tunes! Local favorites the Firehouse Six Dixieland Band will charm you with their musical wit and variety. The decorations will be hung, making this a unique and festive event. This is event is open to all, with donations gratefully accepted. Presented by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, wcc-ma.org for more info.

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img_3848Sing! A Joyful Christmas *NEW this year*
December 22nd, 6:30pm
At Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Bring your voice for favorite sacred and secular holiday music with local musicians Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, Soprano; and Melissa Richmond, flute. From mangers and wise men, to nutcrackers and dancing reindeer. Special guests and cookies will make this an event to remember. Admission is by freewill donation, and the audience contribution will be the compensation for the performers at this event. Hosted by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.

Shop the Artisan Fair on Sat and Sun!

img_3670Join us this weekend for the 6th Annual Artisan Fair, a part of the NH Open Doors statewide touring event. This great event will feature new and returning artists featuring ceramics, watercolor, acrylics, jewelry (beaded and silversmithing), fiber arts, and more. We’ll have music by soprano and harper Angela Biggs for an hour each day. Food will be available, including Norwegian Meatballs, Korean BBQ, baked goods, and more.

Location: CSB Community Center, 152 South St, Claremont, NH (in the multipurpose room, behind the front desk)

Time: Sat 10 – 2pm, Sun 11 – 2pm

This event is a fundraiser for WCCMA, please consider supporting us by supporting these great local artists. Special thanks to Claremont Parks and Recreation, and the e-Ticker news of Claremont for their support of this event.

For more info on this event, click HERE or visit us on Facebook.

(There are a few last minute vendor spaces available, as well as spaces on the display table, please contact us if you’d like to participate)

Next week: Annual Multicultural Buffet and the Art of the Duo

One of the great weekends of the year is here! Join us for one, or all of these great programs:

Multicultural Buffet
Oct 29 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
$10 for Adults
A delicious buffet meal featuring dishes from around the world (and our backyard). Featuring Italian, Korean, Lebanese, American, Mexican, and more! Reservations appreciated: melissa@wcc-ma.org

 

_MG_7309The Art of the Duo: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne
Oct 29 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan pianist Dinuk Wijeratne offer a beautiful, and at times haunting performance of their original compositions. MORE INFO

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

The Bach Tree workshop for musicians
Oct 30 and 31
A musical choose your own adventure where Bach is the root, and your creations grows far beyond! In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop – and using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation – with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants.
Full information HERE

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Can you help?

WCCMA’s instruments for inspiration program has run out of flutes! We have a student in need that we would like to provide with an instrument. Does anyone out there have a flute in working condition hanging around that they would be willing to donate? The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is a nonprofit based in Claremont that lends instruments for free to students unable to rent or purchase their own. Would you like to sponsor a student? You can also make a tax deductible donation to sponsor this student if so inclined, and we’ll purchase a flute in your name. melissa@wcc-ma.org or 802.738.0022