WNTH News 8’s Teresa LaBarbera, a Middlebury native and Region 15 graduate, will host a Winter Wonderland Holiday Boutique from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Watermark at East Hill, 611 East Hill Rd., Southbury.

The fair is open to the public and will take place in the auditorium and second floor commons of the Watermark.

Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served, as well as beer and wine.

There is no admission cost, but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 203-262-6868.

“While the holidays give us the chance to spend time with family and friends, they are also an opportunity to help out the less fortunate,” said LaBarbera. “I am thrilled to be a part of this holiday celebration at The Watermark at East Hill that not only gives families the opportunity to discover some wonderful gifts, but also helps out those in need in our community.”

Local merchants will display unique holiday gifts and crafts for sale. Vendors participating in the Winter Wonderland Holiday Boutique include Worthwear Jewelry, Olive My Skin, Thirty One, The Olive Oil Factory, Knitwear, Pampered Chef, Discovery Toys, Gina Marie Candles and Unusual Purses by Bernie.

Live entertainment will be provided by guitarist Billy Michael, the co-founder of the J&B Band, a well-known Danbury group.

As a soloist, Michael performs a variety of popular music from different eras, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel.

A silent auction will take place, with proceeds benefiting the Southbury Fuel Bank and Watermark for Kids.

Watermark for Kids is a national non-profit organization founded by Watermark Retirement Communities that empowers underserved kids from the local community to build character, strengthen their leadership skills and express their creativity, compassion and spirit.

LaBarbera is the morning traffic reporter for WTNH’s Good Morning Connecticut, as well as host of Connecticut Style.  She is a UConn graduate and has been working in the news industry for last 10 years, both behind and in front of the camera.

LaBarbera started out anchoring and reporting daily newscasts for a series of Connecticut-based radio stations and spent time as a reporter and anchor for KTVE and KARD in Monroe, La.

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