A Nordic holiday accent at Scandinavian Club's fair
Published 4:23 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2013
With an enormous wreath on the front of the building, piping hot kaffe and a lot of Christmas and craft merchandise, the Scandinavian Club welcomed the holidays Saturday with its annual fair and baked goods sale.
The event, held for more than two decades at the club's home on South Pine Creek Road, featured 23 vendors, offering a wide range of items including Nordic crafts, handmade knit wear, wood carvings, jewelry, food and seasonal creations.
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, helping to support our various programming, social events and our Swedish school," said Bobbie Granskog, the event chairwoman.
New to Fairfield, Ashley Bourne, browsing the display tables with wife Lydia, said, "This town has a good sense of community and the fair is a great opportunity to meet some of the talented local business owners, shop for unique holiday gifts, sample baked goods and generally enjoy some seasonal cheer."
The Scandinavian Fair is always held on the first Saturday in December and no two vendors are focused on the same wares.
At one table, Sara Burns of Milford offered handmade festive bows through her business Hairbows by Sara. Lilian Nordstrom of Newtown displayed handmade crafts and gifts of Scandinavian origin. Al and Linda Miller of Stratford showed wood, glass, plastic and cloth products on which they had hand painted Scandinavian designs.
If you were looking for very Scandinavian products to dress up your holiday table, Betten Orr of Scandinavian Butik offered mustards, herring and breads, along with Christmas decorations, calendars, books and candy.
Celebrating Swedish ancestry, traditions and fairytales, Carol Skog, of Fairfield, presented her book "Enchantment Adventure." The publication includes Swedish cultural pictures and unique Swedish Christmas decorations.
In addition to the vendors from the community, there were tables maintained by club members. One table was topped with baked goods. Treats included Swedish braids (essentially braided bread), Bullar (rolls), rye breads, limpa, cookies, coffee breads, cakes and tortes.
Another table shared Scandinavian crafts like mittens, scarves, socks, doilies and birdhouses. And Brad Adolphson sold poinsettias from his table.
"The Scandinavian Club is happy to present this type of event during this season and share some good Nordic spirit," said Granskog.