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Christmas Fair by the Sea

A Fair Meeting has been called on

Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 PM

in the Chapel Conference Room to discuss what the Congregation
wants to do about the 2019 Holiday Fair, an annual
event that has been held every year for a very long time.

Allison MoirSmith shared some joys and concerns about the Fair both with the
Church Council and with the Congregation at the February business
meeting. Subsequently the Council discussed pros and cons of taking a
break from the Fair this year and what alternatives there might be for
both the Fellowship and Financial aspects of it. There were some
creative and energizing alternatives suggested! Council then took a
straw vote for or against having the Fair this year. Now we would like to
bring this to the Congregation for a similar discussion—talking about
pro’s and con’s and taking a straw vote with the understanding that the
purpose of the meeting would be to have a thoughtful, prayerful
discussion. And then we would take an actual vote at our June Annual

Nancy Peterson, Moderator

Saturday, November 10, 9 AM – 2 PM

Join us to kick off the holiday season!

Delicious food fare featuring a wide variety of homemade baked goods, 100’s of cookies, and a mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu with Fresh Hot Belgian Waffles (with your choice of strawberries, real maple syrup and whipped cream) and Gobbler Sandwiches (anandama bread, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce).

Hand Craft tables full of holiday gift items such as knitted goods, hostess gifts, holiday greens and plants.

Raffles that include our famous raffle of quality themed baskets perfect for gifting.

3 White Elephant Rooms (1 dedicated to Books) and a Jewelry table full of fabulous treasures reasonably priced.

How those involved at First Parish can help the Fair be successful:

Coffee Cans: Drop off at the Chapel.

Fall Clean-Outs: The fair closet is looking a little empty!  Please remember the White Elephant Rooms as you do fall clean-outs — small household items, kitchenware, holiday decorations, children’s toys and sports equipment.

White Elephant Drop-Off Hours: Saturday mornings10-11am and Sundays Oct. 14 and 21 at 9 and 11am at the Magic Years chapel entrance. Or call Allison to arrange a drop-off 617-935-3362.  She can easily pop down to the chapel to meet you.

Book Room:  We accept Books; LPs Phono Records in good condition; DVDs; Working stereo equipment of good quality; Working notebook computers running Windows 7 or higher only. We CANNOT accept: Textbooks, magazines, or college guides; VHS tapes; Desktop Computers, Computer Monitors of any kind, Fax Machines, etc. Questions? Call Richard Smith at 978-590-7497

Clothing Drive:  In order for us to donate our White Elephant leftovers to Savers, we must provide Savers 50 33-gallon bags of used clothing, coats, shoes, boots, accessories, bedding, and towels for Savers to re-sell.  Please start gathering used clothing etc and drop off in the (empty) White Elephant closet in the basement of the Chapel the WEEK OF NOV. 5-10.

Basket Auction Items Needed:  Please support this important part of the Fair! Themed donations work best — wine, reading, children’s crafts, baby items, travel, holiday etc.  Items due to Lauren Gudonis by Nov. 4  so she can gussy them up and put them in baskets. Contact Lauren at 978-526-7914 or If you can’t attend the Fair, this is a great way to contribute.

Jewelry:  Ladies, gentlemen, teenagers and children, Jewelry needed for the Church Fair coming in November! Please leave in a bag labeled for me on the piano in the Chapel Conference Room or call 978-526-7036 for pick up at your house, thank you, Martha Elder

Raffle: Thank you Pam Scarafoni for leading the charge on the raffle.  Donations of smaller items and services in $20-30 range most welcome.  To donate, contact Pam at 978-538-3538. Members of the congregation will be receiving raffle tickets in the mail which they can buy themselves or sell to friends/neighbors. If anyone is interested in selling tickets in town (in front of the Post Office) please contact Pam.

Raffle: Thank you Pam Scarafoni for leading the charge on the raffle.  Donations of smaller items and services in $20-30 range most welcome.  To donate, contact Pam at 978-538-3538. Donation:   $1.00 ea. or Book of 6 for $5.00. Here is a list of our donations: a Sports Camera Allen’s Pharmacy, Hummingbird feeder & nectar Manchester Hardware, Oil Change Standley’s Garage, A Bottle of Wine. Gift Certificates from 7 Central, Beach St. Café, Bravo by the Sea, Cala’s, Cuddlefish, McLaughlin, Madam Hadem, Nor’east Cleaners, North Coast Too!, Pretty Poppy, Richdale, and Utopia Farms. Raffle Drawing Sat., November 10, 2018 1:15 p.m. at the First Parish Church Chapel.

Fair Chairs 2018 Sarah Campbell and Allison Moir Smith 617-935-3362.

Coffee Cans needed for the cookie table! Please leave in the box at the Chapel.

White Elephants Wanted! Please no large furniture, stuffed animals or electronics not specified below


Small household goods including kitchen items, china, glassware, home decor items (decorative objects, mirrors, framed art/posters), tablecloths, fabrics; sporting goods, purses, Christmas decorations

Kids toys, games, craft supplies, sporting equipment, bikes, small furniture.

Books kids and adults.

Jewelry contact Martha Elder

Items Accepted:

  • Working and bootable NOTEBOOK computers running Windows 8 or 10 Only. (Desktops are not accepted)
  • Working stereos including portable units
  • Working DVD and BluRay players
  • Books, excluding text books and test guides
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • LP Records in original sleeves

Items NOT accepted:

  • Magazines
  • Text Books
  • VHS tapes
  • VHS players
  • Cassettes
  • Cassette Player
  • Test Guides
  • Technical books not of general interest

As time draws near we will contact the newspapers, radio stations, and use posters for our merchants in Manchester and neighboring towns.

We need contributions to all tables and rooms:  Books, Crafts, Children’s Craft & Children’s White Elephant, Jewelry, Basket Auction, and New Items.

We welcome homemade mittens, scarfs (currently fashion statements), warm stockings, and more.

Come November we will need bakers for our Cookie and Baked Goods tables. We always sell out before noon.

We are trying to have the biggest ever selection of cookies this year to please ALL of our customers.

More Suggestions:

  • Can you donate canned jellies, jams, preserves, pickles, chutney, salsa, hot sauces, dipping sauces?
  • It’s been a terrific year in the garden have you canned a few extra tomatoes, beans, or beets?
  • Christmas breads and cookies, that could be frozen until Dec. 25th!!!!!
  • How about homemade candy?

















Thank you to all who helped make the 2013 Fair so successful!

Fair Chairs 2013, Barbara and Martha

Fair Chairs 2013, Barbara and Martha

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