The Fair goes on . . .
Even with snow, sleet, freezing rain and iced-over driveways, the 2014 Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair was full speed ahead on Dec. 6, bringing forth the spirit of the season for everyone who braved the elements to be part of our church’s beloved tradition.
They came for the crafts, wreaths, ornaments, cookies, cakes and pies, hidden treasures, mittens and stocking caps, stained glass, quilts and, of course, the fellowship of family and friends.
Members of the church, some of whom have with us for decades and others for only a year or so, passed along the spirit of the fair to families and individuals from the Cape and many of its surrounding communities. For some, this occasion is their only visit to our church for the entire year — except, perhaps, to some of bean suppers.
This year’s fair had many new wrinkles, thanks to the planning and organization of coordinator Gail Parker and the many volunteers she recruited. With planning meetings and craft-creating sessions dating back to the summer, the fair offered many new options to fair-goers, spread out throughout the church in every room from Fellowship Hall and the Sunshine Room to Ruth’s office, the Chapel and even the Library.
Terry Keezer and his brother, along with Diane Tompkins, Chris DeSantis, Anita Davidson, Mariah Higley, Dick Banks and other volunteers, offered fair-goers wonderful options for lunch, including lobster rolls overflowing with freshly picked and perfectly seasoned meat served on the best-possible rolls. It could easily have won any “Best -Of” competition in the state.
There also were grilled hot dogs, bowls of chili and vegetable-bean stew.
The chapel was filled with fancy artificial wreaths, ornaments and every kind of Christmas decoration you could ever hope to find, all organized by Betty-Jane Shreve and Nancy Johnson.
The Sweets and Savories table had all the tempting treats, from still-hot apple pies, gluten-free cookies and treats, chocolate Christmas trees on candy cane sticks, fudge, candies and those oh-so-mysterious rum balls, all managed by Jaymie Chamberlin, Kay Young, Clint Lawrence and Camile Braun.
Another new addition to this year’s fair was free child care for both workers and fair-goers. Janet Mageles opened the doors to her World of Wonders Nursery School to any and all child who needed a break from their parents.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard in so many ways to make the Jolly Snowman Fair once again the place to be on the first Saturday of December.
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