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Gayle Hedrington

December 5, 2008
Greetings, I am in San Diego for my annual holiday visit with my daughter Kristina. I hate not being able to see her or my other daughter Adrianne over the holidays. It makes the season so lonely. This is my compromise, I travel to San Diego between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, and we usually find some holiday events to attend. Tonight we are going to Christmas on the Prada in San Diego. It is a two-day event filled with holiday performances, ethnic food from all regions of the world and they have all the museums in Balboa Park (about 12).

An added treat for me this year is my sister is coming to join us on December 9. Family has become especially important to me this year after losing two nephews to cancer one in September and one in October. Both were young men in the forties with so much to give to the world, ironically they were both teachers and worked with troubled youths. I hope you all get a chance to take that long overdue visit to a loved one this year.
  Christmas in Croydon We are a small town, but this year there are a lot of Holiday Events and events happening this year throughout the town. Members of the Croydon Historical Society made 30 hemlock swags. The holiday decorations were put throughout Croydon on Wednesday, Dec. 3. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Croydon Congregational Church held a Christmas Bazaar   Please make sure to mark your calendars for the following events...

  • The drawing for the Ruger's New Lightweight Compact Pistol is taking place during the Croydon Historical Society's Christmas Party at Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Phillips House on Saturday, Dec. 13. The winner will need to wait to receive their prize. The pistol has been recalled. According to Bert Smith, the gun failed the drop test and all of the new lightweight, compact pistols are being retooled. Winner of the drawing will be notified by a phone call and announced in this column.

  • The Croydon Historical Society's Christmas Ball for 2008 portrays The Stevens/Gross House. It is currently the home of Rita Gross and the late "Bud" Gerald Gross. Costs of the balls are $10.00 and come in crush proof box. Call Bert 863-4027 for your purchase.

  • The Town of Croydon is holding its annual Christmas Party for its elected and appointed officials on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the Croydon Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.

  • The Croydon Village School and Kindergarten are presenting The Elf Impersonator on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Croydon Town Hall. The play is about an elf who thinks he is Elvis.
Having a hard time finding a present for someone on your list? Why not get them the "What Happens in Croydon, Stays in Croydon" T-shirt or Sweatshirt from the Coniston Store. It is a great conversation starter.

On The Cheap

Sunday, Dec. 14, Christmas Mystery a choral re-enactment of the Christmas story with performances at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover. Wrapped gifts labeled with the recipient's gender and age for donations to Hannah House and The Haven. For more information, call (603) 643-4524.

If you cannot make it to the production and want to drop off a toy for Toys for Tots, you can do so at Aubuchon Hardware, 36 John Stark Hwy. in Newport.

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