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Celebrating 65 years of marriage

Mary and Ed West are celebrating 65 years of marriage on Dec. 29, 2013.

They would love to celebrate with their friends from town. Please come for refreshments and to say Hi! at Townsend Congregational Church assembly hall on Dec. 29, 2-4:30 p.m.

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American Girl "Samantha" Tea Party Dec. 7

The Townsend United Methodist Church is hosting the annual American Girl Holiday Tea Party, Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 2 p.m.

"Samantha," who represents the year 1904, is the featured guest. There will be short play with Samantha, and you will get to know her as being curious about new inventions and being a kind and generous friend. Everyone will enjoy learning a little bit about the early 20th century with a light lunch and making crafts of this period.

The cost is $16 per person and prepaid registrations are required. Birthday party tables, as well as family or friend's group seating, may be requested.

Other invited guests are the children's American Girl dolls! Please call the church office at 978-597-2486 for reservations and information.

The United Methodist Church is at 265 Main St.

Townsend's Reed Homestead Open House Dec. 8

Townsend Historical Society's Holiday Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. (Route 119) in Townsend will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m.

Tours of the c. 1809 house will tell about the Reed family and why the house is still unspoiled by modern renovations. Visitors will see the hand-painted "wood-grained" woodwork, a sink pump, the working hearth and bee hive oven, the vast clothing collection, and the remarkable Rufus Porter murals.

This event is free of charge, open to the wider community and promises to be enjoyable for children and adults -- the whole family!

Seasonal decorations, a hearth fire, mulled cider and cookies baked in the bee-hive oven all add up to a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

Please call Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2106 for further information.

Nativity Pageant Dec. 8

Enjoy the warmth, beauty, and peace of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. as First Baptist Church of West Townsend presents The Nativity Pageant, a dramatic presentation of the birth of Jesus. Over two dozen performers, young and old, bring alive the beloved Nativity with instrumental music, carols, drama, colorful costumes, and folk dance. Inspiring for all ages, and welcoming to those with all levels of physical and cognitive ability. This event is free and open to the public.

The Nativity Pageant is a production of David's Harp, a compassionate ministry of the First Baptist Church of West Townsend, reaching out to the hurting, the elderly, and those with multiple handicaps. Our sanctuary is handicapped accessible.

Live music at Townsend VFW Dec. 13

Singer/acoustic guitarist Dan Kirouac will appear at the Townsend VFW Post, 491 Main St., West Townsend, at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. "From one-hit wonders to the lost classics, from the 50s to today, every show is a different experience." More at www.dankirouac.com. Free.

Outdoor Living Nativity Dec. 14

Townsend Congregational Church

Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. on the lawn behind the church for an outdoor Christmas pageant with live animals, put on by TCC Sunday School! It will be chilly, so bundle up and after the show come inside our hall to warm up with hot drinks, soup, desserts and good cheer. The Church is at 3 Brookline St., Townsend.