Upcoming events highlight the holidays

Lisa Lightner

Well, so much has happened since the last column, I am just hearing from so many readers.

One group I heard from is called 4CP, which is short for Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection. Who knew there was such a group, I love learning things from my readers. 4CP does many things that may interest you—they host information tables at events, they have a speakers’ bureau that gives presentations and they host an informational speaker the first Wednesday of every month. All of their information can be found at ChescoCooler.org, if you are interested in learning more.

One thing that’s really bothering me this week-what Black Friday has evolved into. It’s been bugging me for some time, but what really triggered it this week was a visit to the Kennett Walmart. I was chatting with a cashier who told me that she is going to have to miss seeing her family on Thanksgiving because she has to work. It’s just become so wrong—there is no TV or video game on sale that trumps family time.We’re out of control. Anyway, I did a much longer rant on this topic on the blog if you’re interested. But my plea to all families is to boycott the big box stores that are making their employees work on Thursday for the sales.

There are many alternatives to shopping at these stores. Try Buck’s for your outdoors needs or visit Whackadoodles in Jennersville for cute outdoorsy themed toys. Go to Netflix or some other online service and rent Play Again for your family to watch. Go for a hike. Make homemade bird treats. There are plenty of other options to just say no to Black Friday. I’ll have a gift guide next week, but those are a few ideas to keep you busy for Friday. And don’t forget the Herr’s lights combined with a nice walk or picnic (depending on weather) at Nottingham Park.

Also coming up, the annual Holiday Critter Sale at the Brandywine River Museum. Whimsical and decorative, critters are tree ornaments and tabletop decorations made from natural materials, including dried flowers, pine cones, seeds, pods and berries. Crafted by hand, critters are environmentally friendly, distinctive and artistic-the ideal gift! Choose from over 9,000 critters-all made by our talented volunteers. Prices range from $5 to $45. Specialty items start at $50. Dec. 1 and 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until noon, Paige Singer and Robert Dionne, author and illustrator of Teasel & Twigs ‘Tis a Critter Christmas Tale, will sign copies of their book.

If you have an event coming up that you’d like me to promote, or have an item to suggest for the holiday gift guide, e-mail me at LisaLightner at yahoo.com. I love hearing from you all, have a great week!

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa LIghtner lives in Avondale.

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