FARMINGTON — The second annual Jolly Good Night is set for Friday, Dec. 8, put on by the Downtown Farmington Business Association, the Greater Franklin Food Council, the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, with help from the Teachers Lounge Mafia.

Holiday shoppers can take advantage of after-work hours with downtown businesses staying open until 8 p.m.

For the younger audience, Twice Sold Tales will host a Chewonki Owl presentation at 4 p.m. Each year, this Maine-based, free programming brings live owls to show and discuss. Stick around afterward for community caroling. Gather at Twice Sold Tales at 5 p.m. for sheet music and a walking route.

Stop by the Holiday Food Hall, hosted by the Greater Franklin Food Council, before or after shopping, to find local farms and food businesses. There will be four food trucks with hot, ready to eat meals. There will be other farms and food vendors selling meat, vegetables, bread, baked goods and more.

New this year at the Holiday Food Hall is a Pie Art Contest. Artists and bakers can submit pies with creative flavors and fancy pie tops. Head to for all the Pie Art contest rules. Shoppers can leave the event with a Pie Art submission, as all pies will be entered into a silent auction.

Bidding ends at 7 p.m.; the Holiday Food Hall is open until 8 p.m.


After shopping and eating, head to the North Church for the Stale Milk and Sour Cookies improv comedy show with the Teachers Lounge Mafia. This show benefits the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and has become a local December tradition. The show starts after the Holiday Food Hall, approximately 8:15 p.m., and contains content not intended for children. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or at the door.

The show is sponsored by Franklin Community Health Network and Sterling Electric.

A Jolly Good Night Schedule of Events

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Pie Art Contest entries accepted at the Farmington Community Center.

4 p.m.: Live Owls from Chewonki Foundation at Twice Sold Tales

5 p.m.: Community caroling in front of Twice Sold Tales


5 p.m.: Holiday Food Hall opens to shoppers at the Farmington Community Center, viewing of Pie Art Contest and silent auction begins

7 p.m.: Pie Art Contest winners announced and Pie Art silent auction ends

8 p.m.: Wrap up Night Owl shopping as Renys closes at 8 p.m. The Holiday Food Hall also concludes at 8 pm.

8:15 p.m.: Stale Milk and Sour Cookies presented by the Teachers Lounge Mafia at the North Church to benefit the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area

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