All's fair despite rainy weather: Arts & Crafts on the Green
Updated 10:18 am, Monday, May 13, 2013
Despite gray, rainy skies Saturday, the annual Fairfield Woman's Club Arts & Crafts Fair was a haven for those looking to find a gift for Mom.
Held on Town Hall Green, the event featured unique crafts vendors, food trucks and baked goods sales, and a raffle for gift baskets with items like tea, flowers, beer, wine and kitchenware.
Meanwhile, the array of crafts included everything from jewelry and home decor to garden items, wood carvings and artwork.
"We've conducted this event for the past 31 years," said Sandra Short, the club treasurer. "It's really become an anchor event in town and is our major fundraiser, chiefly supporting scholarships at Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools, as well as one senior drama award. The balance of proceeds help eight are charities, including Homes for the Brave, Fidelco Guide Dogs and the Special Olympics."
Short said that, besides the fair, the Fairfield Woman's Club is active throughout the year with various community causes, such as the Relay for Life, Operation Hope and support for needy families at the holidays.
The Arts & Crafts Fair is held rain or shine. "It's unfortunate that we have rain today, as it limits the crafters and walk-through crowd," Short said. "However, there's a hardy loyal following who show up on matter what. And we always hold the sale the Saturday before Mother's Day so that folks can pick up something nice for Mom."
Dottie Baekey of Fairfield has been a loyal event attendee for years. "It's a privilege to support the good works of the Fairfield Woman's Club," she said. "I always find something eye-catching to purchase at the sale. There's a great mix of crafters."
Jennifer Rainis, one of the vendors with her A Shore Thing beach-themed home items, was exhibiting for her second year. "This is a good event, being right before Mother's Day. My beach items are very popular in this area, being by the shore."
Browsing the booths with her young daughters MacLean and Reagan, Fairfielder Amy Knauf said, "I bought some baby gifts for my sisters. We always attend this show when it's on the green. It's a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, even if the weather's not perfect."