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Calling all bears, shoppers and tree-lovers

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Holiday open houses scheduled for this weekend

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Hodgenville will provide an early kickoff to the holiday season this weekend. Local merchants will hold holiday open houses with specials and gifts and lovely décor.

You can shop 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 7 or noon-4 p.m. Nov. 8. See their ad in today’s Herald-News for more details. Businesses participating at deadline time are Nancy’s, Almost Home, Garrett’s Jewelry, the Sweet Shoppe, Abe’s Country Cooking, Lincoln’s Loft, Paula’s Hot Biscuit, the Lincoln Museum, Main Street (and Festival of Trees), Hinton’s Orchard, Shirley Jones Fabrics, Hodgenville Paint and Decorating and MAM Candy.

Saturday is also the day Main Street’s Festival of Trees opens for viewing, voting, perhaps even bidding. Decorated Christmas trees are provided by local organizations as a fundraiser, or individuals can decorate a tree and provide the name of a non-profit group to receive money from sale of the tree. The trees will be sold by silent auction, closing at 7:30 after the tree lighting on the square. It’s not too late – trees of any size, wreaths and banners will be accepted through Friday of this week. Call 358-5913 or 358-3411 for details.

Viewers may vote for a favorite tree. The winner receives a $25 donation from Main Street to the sponsoring organization or a non-profit agency of their choice.

Some special events are scheduled in conjunction with the Festival of Trees. This Saturday at 3, there will be a Teddy Bear Tea Party with Santa. In addition to refreshments, children may visit Santa and have a photo made with him.

There will be contests such as Oldest Bear, Largest Bear, Lookalike Bear and Friend (may be dressed alike), Best Dressed Bear (Christmas attire), Most Loved Bear (showing use), Smallest Bear and prizes for any bears and friends who will sing a Christmas song for Santa together (bear does not need to be audible).

Cathy Crawford, a popular Hodgenville storyteller, has a brand-new story just for the event. It involves her dog, Pooh, his bear and Santa.

The following Saturday will be a Senior Tea at 3 p.m. All seniors in the area are invited to attend. Music will be presented by Celebration!, a small choral group from Louisville.

And Happy Hour for Downtowners will provide a quick switch from fall to the holiday season 5-6 p.m. Nov. 20. Local merchants are especially invited for hot cider and cookies and everyone is welcome.