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A weekend for hunters and shoppers

Opening of deer season signals many holiday events for this weekend

 It’s deer not turkey that unofficially kicks off the holiday season in Richmond. The opening of deer season Saturday also triggers open houses, craft shows and an annual Christmas extravaganza preview.

First out of the gate is an early-morning preview, 7:30 to 9 a.m., of the decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery and gift baskets at Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Extravaganza  Friday, Nov. 17. Items, decorated by area organizations and merchants, will be raffled Thursday, Dec. 5, after Richmond’s Christmas Light Parade on the square. Tickets are $1 for one chance and $5 for 6.

Also starting Friday is the annual Richmond Holiday Open House. Participating businesses include Die Brot Pann Bakery, Linda’s Floral and Gifts, Blair’s Furniture, Lynn’s Gifts and More, Crop & Shop for a Cure and Richmond First Baptist Church’s Christmas Tea Time, a fundraiser for Salvation Army. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday and some participating stores will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Richmond Christian Church, 415 E. North Main, sponsors its 12th annual Holiday Open House Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16. The event, sponsored by the Gals in Fellowship Together Club, offers homemade craft items, afghans, quilts, wooden craft items, embroidery and homemade desserts and breads. The open house is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, Henrietta Friends of the Park is serving up breakfast, lunch and crafts shopping, too.

The group sponsors a biscuit and gravy breakfast 8 to 10:30 a.m. for a $5 donation and then switches to a chili luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a $6 donation. Children under 7 eat for free, according to Margie Long, Henrietta City Clerk and chairman of the organization. Crafts vendors will be selling their wares 8 am. to 4 p.m. All events are at Henrietta City Hall. Proceeds go toward the Friends of the Park Christmas with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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