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Jessamine County: Christmas in the Country Craft Festival is Saturday

November 26, 2013 

The Christmas in the Country Craft Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at the First Vineyard Winery. Browse locally produced goods from more than 20 vendors including: wine jellies, knitted goods, cheese dips and sauces, equine items, hand-crafted musical instruments, wooden bowls, wooden toys, embroidered apparel, goat milk soaps and lotions, pottery, wreaths, candles, peanut brittle, jewelry, home décor and more.

Authors Abigail Keam and Russell Vassallo will sign their novels. Kentucky wines will be available for tasting and for purchase by the glass, bottle or case. A silent auction will benefit Jessamine County Adult Education to help defray escalating GED testing fees. First Vineyard, the home of the first commercial winery in North America, is located at 5800 Sugar Creek Pike in Jessamine County. For more information, call (859) 885-9359 or visit

Asbury graduate student honored

Asbury University graduate student Ashley Higgins has been named Young Social Worker of the Year in Kentucky by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Higgins enrolled in Asbury's Master of Social Work program in January 2012. Since then, she has attended classes and worked with the National Association of Social Workers and Kentucky Behavioral Healthcare while living with her family in Winchester. Higgins, a West Virginia native, is scheduled to graduate in May.

Circle of Giving wreaths set for auction

The Circle of Giving is a holiday tradition that fills the halls of the Jessamine County Courthouse with hand-crafted wreaths and provides needed funding to local charities and service organizations.

As in years past, wreaths will be donated by several Jessamine County groups and individuals, such as Judge Neal Cassity and his staff, Jessamine County Circuit Clerk Doug Fain and his staff, and representatives of local businesses and organizations.

Beginning Dec. 2, the wreaths will be on display and available to the public via a silent auction. Last year's event raised funds for the Salvation Army, Community Action, and the Wilmore/High Bridge Community Center. Bidding on the wreaths ends at 8 p.m. Dec. 6. For more information, call (859) 885-4411.

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