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AROUND TOWN: It's a Wrap on Saturday in Cobourg

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Janet Baillie with some of the many shawls she has made on her weaving board. Baillie also has silk shrugs that she has purchased off of Etsy as scarves and re-purposed. 
ASHLEY MAIKA/Northumberland Today

Janet Baillie with some of the many shawls she has made on her weaving board. Baillie also has silk shrugs that she has purchased off of Etsy as scarves and re-purposed. ASHLEY MAIKA/Northumberland Today

Snuggly wraps, shawls, ponchos and Infinity Capes are a blessing this time of year, adding an extra layer of fashionable warmth against the winter.

Cobourg artisan Janet Baillie periodically joins other local talents like Juliet Mannock to offer a colourful selection of these hand-made and hand-woven items for a good cause (the MS Society, for example).

On Saturday, Janet is going solo with an event called It's A Wrap, with a percentage of sales donated to outreach programs at St. Peter's Anglican Church.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at her usual location, Meet at 66 King East — the venue she refers to as Cobourg's premier gathering place.


WESLEYVILLE — Friends of Wesleyville Village invite you to their old-fashioned Yuletide Carolling evening on Friday.

It's a community family event, with seasonal goodies and warm apple cider in the historic church located at 2082 Lakeshore Rd., 10 km. west of Port Hope.

“We're happy to have Randy Mills returning as music director, and he'll be

joined by TCS bell-ringers, along with Audrey Mead and the St. Paul's Singers,” Sue Stickley said.

Dress warmly and bring your holiday spirit from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.


PORT HOPE — Nativity scenes or creches come to us in an amazing variety, each one representing a unique vision of this holy event.

This weekend, in the parish hall at St. Mark's Anglican Church, a display called Creches From Around The World will be set up, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free, and the organizers are offering morning coffee and afternoon tea for a nominal charge of $5.

St. Mark's is located at 51 King St. in Port Hope, and everyone is welcome.


COBOURG — On the heels of a visit by author Jack Whyte last month, Cobourg Public Library welcomes Peter C. Newman Dec. 4.

The investigative-journalist pioneer is also a prolific author, with dozens of books to his credit dating back to 1959's Flame Of Power: Intimate Profiles of Canada's Greatest Businessmen.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., he will be discussing his latest book Hostages To Fortune: United Empire Loyalists and the Making of Canada.

Let's Talk Books is again partnering with the library to offer copies at the event, and everyone is welcome.

Everyone is also welcome to pick up their pencil crayons and help with another library initiative — amassing 150 adult-colouring pages for a Cobourg 2017 exhibit in January.

Pick up the pages at the library (200 Ontario St.), or choose from an amazing variety that you can download, print and colour at — different animals, mermaids, forest scenes, flowers and other flora, geometric and doodling designs, as well as a basket, a lighthouse or a set of teacups.

By the way, it was an artist friend of mine from Halifax who gave me the scoop that pencil crayons work way better on this kind of thing than markers, so consider yourself advised.


BALTIMORE — The Choral Legacy women's choir invite you to their Sunday concert Getting In The Mood For Christmas at Baltimore United Church.

With more than 20 members from around the Cobourg area, these ladies specialize in three-part harmony in a wide variety of musical styles, from classical to jazz to show tunes. They perform in local nursing homes, church services and other venues, and also offer two concerts each year (in December and May).

Director Shasta Morey says that this Sunday's concert is extra-special.

“This is our last concert with our accompanist Sidney Drew who, at the astonishing age of 84, has finally decided to retire not only from our group, but from her duties as pianist and choir leader at the amalgamated Bethesda United Church,” Shasta said.

“She has for many years been selfless with her time and talent.”

On Sunday, she will accompany Choral Legacy for an afternoon of music that will get the audience in the mood for Christmas. Light refreshments will follow.

The church is at 9288 Burwash St. in Baltimore, and tickets for the 2:30 p.m. show are $10 at the door.


COBOURG — Tuesday would be the time to offer birthday greetings for a local institution, as Petticoat Lane turns 48.

The thrift shop run by the auxiliary members of Northumberland Hills Hospital (known as Cobourg and District General Hospital way back when) opened the doors of Petticoat Lane Dec. 6, 1968, at 201 Third St.

It has operated in several locations over the years, but the auxiliary remains eternally grateful for the support of the community in donating its inventory — and also doing their shopping there. It has proven their most successful fundraiser for the hospital, with proceeds funding the purchase of priority medical equipment.

The 48th-anniversary celebrations will take place at their current location, 25 Munroe St., Cobourg (just south of the No Frills and just east of the Beer Store).

From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day, they are offering 50% off everything except already-reduced items marked with yellow sales stickers. And there are some extra added values, like a selection of gold and jewelry at discounted prices. And any item now priced at 50 cents will be offered at three for $1.

And what birthday celebration would be complete without complimentary coffee, tea and sweets.

So join the celebration and, while you are at it, shop 'til you drop.


Around Town appears weekly, and welcomes your news. If you have information of interest, contact Cecilia Nasmith at 905-372-0131 ext. 314 or at or