Crafts for a cause: Fairfield Woman's Club hosts annual fair

Under blossoming dogwoods and a canopy of maple trees, visitors to Town Hall Green on Saturday browsed through the rows of white tents that popped up overnight.

The attraction was the 29th annual Crafts Fair sponsored by the Fairfield Woman's Club attracted scores of people who enjoyed the sunny weather while searching for home collectibles or last-minute gifts for Mother's Day. More than 50 vendors from all over New England were featured at the fair, with everything from jewelry, clothing and furniture to home-decorative items and accessories. The club also offered baked goods and plants for sale.

"Booth rental fees and funds raised from our plant and bake sales go toward one $2,500 scholarship provided to a graduating senior at one of Fairfield's two high schools," said Debi Callan, co-president of the Fairfield Woman's Club. "This year the benefiting school is Fairfield Warde. Anything collected over the $2,500 goes to various charities like Fidelco Guide Dogs, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, the Police Department's new K-9 Unit and more. We also give a drama award, which this year was covered by a generous member of our club."

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, for kids to shop for their moms and to support some great causes," said Callan.

Exhibitor Lois Barker, of Jean Elton Studio, offering platters, cups and dinnerware, was pleased to be at the fair for a second year. "We like to support local art and events," she said. "All our items are handmade at our Fairfield studio. It's a great day today and we hope people will turn out to shop, especially for their deserving moms."

Bruno Miglietta, sitting among his decorative lawn and mobile creations, was also a return vendor. "I've exhibited here for many years," he said. "It's one of the best shows. People are very friendly and the show is well organized. I'm glad we have a nice day today."

Leading around his 3-year-old twins, Elena and Nathan, Fairfielder Chris Mach said he was passing by, spotted some interesting crafts and thought he could find something for mom for Mother's Day. "When you get a nice day like this, it's good to get out and mingle, and it gives mom a break," he said.

Missy Seymour and her mother, Gaye, were browsing the fair together. "I came here not only with my mom, but my sister and our dogs, too," she said. "It's a great day to be out with the family and this is always a good fair. We're just looking for anything of interest. There's always a couple of unique and interesting booths, and I brought a couple bucks for baked goods."