Christmas is just around the corner and the Amherst Farmers Market is wrapping up for the season today. It will be your last chance to get to the market, which takes place Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Amherst Lions Den before next spring.
The Holy Family Parish is hosting a Christmas Concert tomorrow, Saturday, Dec.21 from 7 until 9 p.m.
Last year it was a sold out event, so make sure to get there early and admission is a free will offering. They will be serving refreshments during the intermission.
If your are already planning your New Year's Eve agenda, the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a New Year’s Eve Gala, “2014 A Year Of Celebration.”
It will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 7:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Dec. 31.
There will be cocktails at 7:30 p.m., a buffet dinner at 8 p.m., entertainment from 9:30 to 10 p.m. and a dance with Freefall playing from 10 p.m. until closing.
Tickets are $50 and available at the Chamber office at 35 Church St., Buds to Blossoms, Damaris Spa and Wellness Center and Bordertown Flowers and Frills.
The evening is sponsored by the Town of Amherst.
If you are looking to relax with a little pre-Christmas music tonight, Duncan’s Pub hosts Steve Wells from 4 to 6 p.m. and then features Freefall at 8 p.m. while Bella’s Cafe presents Susan and Tony Robichaud.
For theatre lovers, The Fruitcake Dynasty is continuing at the Amherst Golf Club. The Tantramar Theatre production is written by Valerie Fahey and features Dean Trueman, Rocky Ripley (who also plays guitar during the performance), Barb Bowes, and Karen Todoschuk.
Performances of The Great Amherst Mystery Christmas occur tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night followed by a special last performance on Jan. 4, 2014.
For tickets and information on Fruitcake Dynasty call 667-7002.
On Monday, Dec. 23 you can join the staff at the Four Fathers Memorial Library for their Annual Holiday Party.
It goes from 10 until 11:30 a.m. and if you are in grades Primary to 6, there will be crafts, games and a puppet show, call 667-2549 to register.
On Tuesday, the library is show Despicable Me 2 as their Christmas Eve Movie for grades Primary to 6.
It runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
On Christmas Day, the Amherst Community Christmas Dinner takes place at 2 p.m. at the Bridge Adult Service Center.
A total of 325 Christmas dinners were served last year and you are welcome to attend. There is no charge, but donations would be appreciated.
For more information, call Betsy at 667-7576.
The Cumberland County Museum & Archives is now hosting an exhibit on the Amherst Curling. The exhibit highlights the sporting, cultural and social history of local curling.
It runs until Christmas at the Cumberland County Museum & Archives, which is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are looking for a last minute gift, either for someone else or yourself, anything handmade makes a great unique gift that you can be sure will be well received and many shops in the area carry great items hand crafted by local artisans.
This last weekend before Christmas will see the Amherst Train Station Gallery having several artists on hand to discuss their work. Have a great holiday season.
Andrew MacGregor's arts and entertainment column appears weekly in the Amherst News.