Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is preparing for its annual Advent Fair, to be held this year on Saturday, December 1, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The Fair features gifts, crafts, food, and holiday cheer for all ages, with all proceeds benefitting the work and ministries of the church.
Get a sneak video peek of the Fair here:
A highlight of the Advent Fair is always the gorgeous gift baskets, prepared by parish volunteers and suitable for every occasion, budget, and recipient, from family members to office pals to your favorite bus driver. This year’s basket themes include movie night, Italian favorites, the New England Patriots, spa day, and more.
The Fair also features multiple tables of handmade crafts, lovingly constructed, sewed, painted, or assembled by volunteers throughout the year. New this year are wooden Christmas trees and large ornament wreaths in a variety of colors. St. Paul’s resident glassblower, Matthew McDonald, will again be on hand to demonstrate his technique and create ornaments and keepsakes for purchase.
Food is always a popular item at the Advent Fair. The Country Kitchen features soups-to-go, marinara sauce, breads, and cakes, and the Cookie Walk offers delicious holiday cookies in dozens of varieties. This year the Cheese Table has expanded to include manchego, nutty Swiss, and several varieties of Vermont cheddar. Jan Blake’s famous baked beans and several specialty dips will also be for sale.
The Silent Auction this year features a weeklong stay at a vacation home in Maine, valued at nearly $2000. Other items up for auction include Bruins tickets, one-of-a-kind artwork, restaurant gift certificates, theatre tickets, and more.
This year’s Raffle items are the 2018 edition Lego Hogwarts Castle—a $500 value—and two tickets in the front row of the dress circle at DEAR EVAN HANSEN when it comes to Boston next summer.
The Outreach committee table will feature hammered metal art from artisans in Haiti, to benefit the parish’s mission partners in Leogane; cards from Heifer International; and hammer pins, wooden birdhouses, juggling balls, and bumper stickers to support the high school youth group’s summer mission trip with Appalachia Service Project.
The Fair features three rooms of children’s activities, where kids can entertain themselves while you shop. The snack bar serves breakfast and lunch items, and the white elephant room holds all kinds of hidden treasures, from holiday décor to household items.
St. Paul’s is a fully-accessible church located at 100 Pine Hill Road in Bedford, MA. For more information, please call the church office Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at 781-275-8262, or visit www.stpaulsbedford.org.
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