Arts, crafts and community: chamber's annual show opens
Even though summer just got under way, Geri Coughlan started her Christmas shopping Saturday.
Like many in the community, the Fairfield resident picked up a few custom gifts at the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce's arts and crafts show on the Town Green. The 48th annual event featuring artisans from throughout New England continues Sunday, rain or shine.
Coughlan won't be there again, though; a real estate agent, she'll be working. With the sun shining and the day off, she took the opportunity today to see what the many vendors had to offer. She had just purchased a few items from Maria Holt, a Sheffield, Mass.-based artisan whose accent reveals her Australian roots.
"She had the most clever wine aerators," Coughlan said.
"I just started my Christmas shopping," she added, with a laugh.
Before heading home, Coughlan gazed across the scene on the historic parcel on Old Post Road and said, "It's gorgeous."
Holt, too, is particularly fond of the chamber's show. Her crafts business take her as far south as Baltimore, up north to Stowe, Vt., and west to Ohio. "My claim to fame right now," she said proudly, "is that I'll be in the Country Living fair in Ohio."
Only about 100 vendors in the country are chosen to participate, and it is a much larger production than the quaint show put on in Fairfield.
"This is probably the smallest fair I do, but I find it invaluable," Holt said.
Louis Booth agreed. For five years now he has made the two-hour drive from Long Island to set up shop in Fairfield for the chamber's show. "We like it here, it's nice," he said. "Everyone is really nice."
The chamber's show is a juried event, so prizes are given out. Booth said he has placed a couple times in the past, yet that is not why he comes back.
"It doesn't matter if you win or not," he said. "It matters if you make the money. This is a business after all."