LYNNFIELD — Historic Lynnfield, Inc., a recently formed nonprofit organization, has announced it is holding the annual Country Store for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at the 1714 Meeting House on the Common.
“Vendors will include favorites from the past, as well as some exciting new additions,” said Historic Lynnfield Vice President Karen Nascembeni.
Nascembeni said this year’s Country Store will feature beautifully decorated fresh wreaths and swags. The Cheese Man will be returning with Vermont cheddar cheese. Ham and bean suppers are available to go. Lynnfield Baking Company will be selling baked goods and fabulous desserts.
“Take a break at Mrs. Claus’ Snacks and Lunch Kitchen,” said Nascembeni. “Pick up your favorite flavor of Singing Marshes Jelly and Jam. Add to your holiday décor with the Village Home and Garden Club’s beautiful evergreen arrangements, and take a chance on a brick of lottery tickets from the Centre Club of the North Shore.”
Nascembeni said Colby Properties will be sponsoring Santa’s North Pole Fishing Hole once again. She noted that the Fishing Hole has been the Country Store’s “most popular activity for children.”
“The DiFillippo family will host an ornament decorating station,” said Nascembeni. “Kids can create a special ornament to take home as a remembrance of this beloved annual tradition, after choosing their favorite penny candy, sponsored by the Kilgore family.”
Nascembeni said the Voices of Hope chorus will be performing carols upstairs at 10 a.m., which will increase anticipation for the arrival of Santa Claus from the North Pole by way of a Lynnfield fire engine. Santa will arrive at 10:45 a.m.
“The craft vendors this year include decorative wreaths by Ariel Priestley’s Bee Kind Designs, home décor from All About Machine Embroidery, pottery by Mad Mud Design and beautiful blankets and aprons by Busy Fingers,” said Nascembeni. “The Friends of the Lynnfield Library will be selling a large selection of Christmas-themed books that they saved especially for the event from their annual Book Sale. Take a moment to greet Lynnfield for Love, a grassroots organization fostering diversity, inclusivity and kindness in our community.”
A dedicated team of Lynnfield residents who have a passion for preserving the history of Lynnfield are leading Historic Lynnfield.
“We are thrilled to have Nan Hockenbury at the helm of our organization,” said Nascembeni. “Having served previously as both the chair of the Lynnfield Historical Commission and president of the Lynnfield Historical Society, Nan is undoubtedly one of the foremost experts on Lynnfield history. Her knowledge of and passion for preserving Lynnfield’s history make her the perfect candidate to lead our team of dedicated volunteers.”
Joining Hockenbury and Nascembeni on the Historic Lynnfield Board of Directors are Treasurer Sharon McLaughlin Marrama, Clerk Kirk Mansfield, and Directors Karen Hathaway, John Michalski and Lauri Priestley.
“Proceeds will be used for preservation of the 1714 Meeting House and to obtain, catalog, and preserve important Lynnfield artifacts to be housed in the Pope Richard Historical Centre on behalf of the town of Lynnfield and available for research,” said Nascembeni.
Founded in 2022, the mission of Historic Lynnfield is to foster community involvement in the preservation and education of all things significant to the history of Lynnfield past and present for future generations. To become involved with Historic Lynnfield, contact Hockenbury at 781-334-6245 (home), or 781-640-6415 (cell). Volunteers are welcome.
“All our welcome at the 2022 Country Store,” said Nascembeni. “Doors open at 9 a.m. and will stay open through the Tree Lighting!”