Haley Pal, a Windham resident and active member of the Windham Historical Society, can be contacted at [email protected]

Help express your gratitude

The Everlasting Gratitude Wreath Program is a locally sourced and funded project spearheaded by Windham’s American Legion Field-Allen Post 148. With the support of the business community, local residents and area veterans, the Post was able to purchase 1,000 wreaths this year to place at the graves of veterans all over town. They could, however, use a little help from the community to perform the task.

If you’re crafty, you might enjoy visiting the Veterans Center behind the Windham Hannaford at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, to help to make 1,000 bows. If you’d rather adhere the bows to the wreaths, you can stop by Sebago Gardens at 7 Architectural Drive in North Windham at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 and lend a hand. Volunteers are also needed at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 to distribute the wreaths to 350 gravesites in Arlington Cemetery on Route 302 in North Windham.

For more information on how you can participate in any of these activities, contact Post Adjutant David Tanguay at 892-1306. This is a special way to honor the brave men and women who have served our country and show them the everlasting gratitude they all deserve.

Rachelle Curran Apse, executive director of Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, pictured here in June, stands at the edge of Little Duck Pond at the East Windham Conservation Project. Ben McCanna / Portland Press Herald

Take a walk on the wild side

Windham Parks & Recreation is offering a sneak peak of the new East Windham Conservation Area from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Official trails for the preserve will be built in 2023, but the existing woods road will provide a wonderful walk through nature that will lead to a view of the western mountains as well as the waters of Little Duck Pond. Toby Jacobs of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, which is cohosting the event, will lead the walk of about 2.5 miles at a leisurely pace. The event is free, but registration is required. Call the Windham Parks & Recreation office at 892-1905 for more details.

Thanksgiving feast

The American Legion Field Allen Post 148 is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional fixings 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Windham Veterans Center. The event is open to the Windham community as a way for the veterans to express their thanks for the support that is shown to them throughout the year. The meal is free, but donations are always appreciated. Contact Post Chaplain Gerald Beaulieu at 207-572-1532 if you’d like more details.

Craft fairs abound all over town

Holiday spirit is spreading rapidly in Windham. To usher in the season to be jolly, there are some Christmas craft fairs you can visit this weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, you can stop by the Windham Historical Society and Friends Church Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 374 Gray Road. This is an old-fashioned affair filled with Christmas crafts, ornaments, baked goods, holiday greenery and more. They’re ho-ho-hoping to see you there.

Windham High School is hosting its 30th Annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, at the school at 406 Gray Road. This is a veritable winter wonderland of holiday crafts you won’t want to miss. The kids will also enjoy getting a selfie with Santa and all who come with an appetite can enjoy a delicious home-cooked crockpot meal.

The Windham Hill United Church of Christ is having a Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. This popular fair features an array of crafts, jams, jellies, baked goods, costume jewelry, attic treasures and much more. There will be wreath sale and a silent auction,  and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon. It’s a great opportunity to jumpstart the busy Christmas season while mingling with other people in the community.

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