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Making a list of holiday happenings

The holiday calendar fills up fast, which is why we’re taking a look at some upcoming home- and decor-related events you may not want to miss.

For starters, tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual Historical Association of Lewiston’s Tour of Homes. “Christmas Cottages in the Country” is the theme, and it all takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Five cottages plus an estate will be professionally decorated by local designers and retailers, with at least two tablescapes set up in each.

“Particularly intriguing will be a barn that is being completely transformed by designer Artie Vanderpool into an Adirondack lux cottage. There will be a sleigh outdoors to inspire you, a fire to warm you and really special inside space,” said Sandy Hays Mies, event coordinator.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $25 each and available at, all Wegmans and in Lewiston at the Orange Cat Coffee Company, the Village Bake Shoppe and DiCamillo Bakery. Trolley service will be available, as well as a dessert sampling and cocktail reception at the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa. Check out the tour’s website for detailed information. Or phone 745-9583.

Also coming up: • The Parkside Community Association’s seventh annual Holiday Art and Craft Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 in Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. $2 admission. See or call the PCA at 838-1240. Proceeds go to support the programs of the PCA.

• The 13th annual Artists in Buffalo’s Holiday Open Studios and Galleries will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. This is the opportunity to visit more than 100 local artists and artisans in their galleries, studios, homes and other spots. And to shop, of course. Visit for map, list of artists and other information.

• Festival of Trees, now in its 36th year and the main holiday fundraiser in support of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, opens to the public Nov. 24 through Dec. 5. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. There are two floors of trees and a boutique, too. It’s free. New this year: The Glistening Forest.

“It’s a winter wonderland to get people in the mood for the holiday season. Bring family, friends and especially kids,” said Donna Walentynowicz, senior development coordinator at the Kaleida Health Foundation.

See to read more about this and other festival events such as the women’s luncheon.

• A Sacred Spaces holiday bus tour will be presented by Buffalo Tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28. Visit for information and reservations for this and other upcoming tours. Passengers will visit Blessed Trinity, Corpus Christi, First Presbyterian and the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. The $65 fee ($50 for Preservation Buffalo Niagara members) includes lunch.

Keep an eye on Friday’s Home & Style section and Thursday’s Gusto for other upcoming events.


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