The church fair steering committee has been busy since August making plans for this year’s fair on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 9:30- 3:00.  Even the best of traditions can use a freshening up now and then to keep them interesting and enjoyable.  With that in mind, we wanted to give everyone an update now in the hopes that you can begin to plan your contribution to the fair.

Remember:  A successful fair is vital to the church as it is our biggest fund raiser of the year!

Raffle: The raffle display will be along the wall in Lyman Hall under the windows where the bake and deli table has been for many years.  Celeste Ortega is busy obtaining raffle items from various businesses in town.  We already have several donations from several generous donors including Smith College, First Night, Clarion Hotel and Joe’s Pizza.  We are looking for gift certificates to local businesses for goods or services in order to have a nice variety of items to raffle.  So, if you know of anyone who might be interested in making a donation to the raffle, please let Celeste know.   Also, we hope to sell raffle tickets at a table in front of the church on November 2nd, 9th and 16th before the fair.

Needed for this table:  People to sell tickets the few weeks before the fair either in front of the church or to take with them to sell to friends/family/co-workers.  And, if anyone would consider taking the responsibility to arrange for the selling of raffle tickets on these Saturdays before the fair, it would be much appreciated.

Craft Table:  This table will be moved to the center of Lyman Hall.  It is being chaired by Sandi Pirello and Dori McCracken.  They have been busy sponsoring several crafting sessions at church after coffee hour to create items for this table. More are planned so if you are interested in making something, stay tuned because more sessions are planned soon!   Don’t have any ideas?  Not feeling particularly talented? Well, there will be projects, directions and support ready and waiting for you.   Have a particular craft that you enjoy?  Well, bring it along to a crafting session and enjoy some time with friends, new and old.  Would you rather just create something on your own for this table?  Please just let Dori or Sandi know what you are planning so that they can include it as they arrange their table.

Christmas Table:  This table will be in Lyman Hall.  Sue Massey was planning on chairing this table.  But, due to illness, will not be able to this year.  Is there anyone who would be interested?  It is a fun table displaying “gently used” Christmas items including decorations and a few holiday related crafts.  We could also use a few more folks to help staff this table.  And, we will need you to take a look in your attics and closets!  Would you have anything to donate to this table?  If you can help out here in anyway, just let one of us know!

Luncheon:  Will be in its usual place, hopefully with more seating this year.  Margie Riddle and Carol Judd are chairing this effort and would appreciate several “elves” to help out especially during the “lunch rush”.  Are you up for this? Your fellow fair workers will thank you!

Apple Pies:  Dorynee Pederzani and Sue Norton have graciously agreed to spearhead this effort again this year.  Want to learn to bake a pie?  Here is your chance as cooking lessons are provided!  Pies will be baked at the church on days preceding the fair and will be sold at a table in Lyman Hall and also in front of the church during the fair.  Help is needed with this as well.

Jewelry table:  Will be in the parlor in front of the windows.  If you’d like to help out here, please contact Priscilla Pike.  Donations are gratefully accepted so please search thru your jewelry boxes and dresser drawers for any items you haven’t used in awhile and wouldn’t mind giving away for a good cause.

Bake table:  Laura Judd has agreed to chair this table.  This year we are narrowing the focus and asking folks to bake only cookies and quick (aka tea) breads or homemade candy.   We hope that this approach will make this table more profitable and allow us to sell more of our items without a severe mark-down which often happens.  Please help Laura make this a success by labeling your items with what they are and any pertinent ingredients (as in nuts) and also packaging them in smaller packages (4 or 6 to a pack for example), preferably in plastic wrap.   If you can manage an attractive bow or ribbon in red or green, that would be much appreciated.  This table will be placed in front of the fireplace in the Parlor.

Attic Treasures:  This table will be chaired again by Gregory Wilson and located in the Parlor.  Please talk to Gregory if you have any items you would like to donate.  This is a popular table with our customers and is another opportunity to give away a “treasure” you haven’t used in awhile to support a good cause.

There are a few other possibilities with details to be worked out.  Stay tuned to the weekly bulletin, our Facebook page and website for regular updates.  Please contact any member of the committee for any questions, to volunteer, make suggestions etc:

Contact Church office at 413-584-9392