Christmas season fundraisers include the sale of handmade ornaments, socks, teddy bears, Santas and decorations by volunteer seamstresses in a group that goes back to the 1960s. The “Abigails,” named for the sewing wife of Millard Fillmore, meet twice a month all year to make the things that will be sold next weekend at the historic house at 24 Shearer Avenue where the Fillmore’s once lived.
The sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
“Someone likened it one time to an old fashioned quilting bee,” said Sue Pagliaccio, one of the organizers. “We just sit around, make items for the sale and laugh.”
Fillmore’s school-teacher wife was a gifted sewer. The Millard Fillmore house, one of the Historical Society’s museums, features a quilt she made out of silks thought to be from the dresses she wore as First Lady, said Pagliaccio.
Money raised from the Holiday Craft Sale, which includes vintage fabrics and laces and East Aurora Garden Club holiday greenery, usually adds up to a donation of about $7,000 to the society. While the members of the Abigails have gone down over the years, some alums who have moved away still mail in boxes of their handiwork for the sale.
“Every year we’re at the age that we debate whether we can go on,” Pagliaccio said. “It’s such a good thing we do have to carry on, we think.”
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum, at 363 Oakwood will have its annual book sale, featuring discounted books on local history.
Also next weekend, the Aurora Theatre will host “Grinch Day” decorated with movie props from a private collection and a showing of the Jim Carrey film at 11 a.m. Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Roycroft Artisans will host a “Winter Festival” sale of copper, graphics, tiles, pottery, fabric and book arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main Street.
Also this week:
• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.
• Help for those applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street. County Legislator Joseph Lorigo will sponsor the outreach day offering interviews for people who may be eligible. Applicants must bring one form of identification (birth certificate, driver’s license or Social Security Card); proof of income from the last 30 days for all household members: pay stubs, Social Security or pension award letters, proof of child support, rental income, unemployment benefits, worker’s comp., etc.; and current heat and electric bills. If the applicant is missing information, he or she may be allowed to mail in the information to complete the application process. For information or, contact Legislator Lorigo’s office at 858-8922 or email email@example.com.
• The volunteer nonprofit FISH of East Aurora hosts its annual “Toys for Tots” benefit with food, drink and raffle baskets, 7 p.m., Thursday at the Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel, 711 Main Street. Admission is a new unwrapped toy. Proceeds and toys go to help clients of FISH, a nonprofit with services for low income Southtowns families.