Community Notebook

Alternative Christmas Festival at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church planned for today, Saturday, Sunday

Today from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., the Fredonia Presbyterian Church will hold an Alternative Christmas Festival. The festival includes: a display of more than 600 nativities; hand-crafted gifts from around the world; fair trade organic food items (chocolate, coffee, tea); small craft kits and Christmas activity books for children. Light refreshments will be served. The church is located at 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

“Gobble, Gobble Death and Trouble” murder mystery to benefit Ripley Public Library

The Ripley Public Library Players present a murder mystery, “Gobble, Gobble Death and Trouble,” on Saturday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at Noble Winery at 8630 Hardscrabble Road, Westfield. Appetizers are provided during intermission as well as a glass of wine from the hosting winery.

Director Theresa Testrake states, “The show is a country-style humorous murder mystery with a Thanksgiving theme. The characters are cartoon-like representations of individuals in a small town as they scheme for influence over the local foodie scene.” Testrake continues, “A murder occurs and Investigator Lawrence Law with the assistance of the audience must solve the case. Who would have done away with the Wizard of White Meat at Thanksgiving?

Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Ripley Public Library Building fund. Tickets are $22 pre-sale, or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in person at the library or reserved by calling the Ripley Public Library at 736-3913. Tickets are still available and can also be purchased at Noble Winery.

Town of Stockton

community Christmas lighting contest

The Town of Stockton Planning Board is holding a town-wide community Christmas lighting contest, which also includes the village of Cassadaga. No entry fee is required. Applications are available at the Stockton and Cassadaga libraries or the Town Clerk’s office. Completed applications can be returned to any of these locations by Tuesday, Dec. 18. Contest judging will take place at 6 p.m. on or after Thursday, Dec. 20.