HOLIDAY FAIR NOVEMBER 23rd
The Woman’s Association Holiday Fair offers a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts, to stock up on favorite foods for the holidays, to shop locally and avoid fighting traffic and crowds at the malls. On Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 to 2:00, you can visit the Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC, and enjoy an annual tradition with no stress and return home with many one-of-a-kind purchases.
Individually designed Maine balsam door wreaths will get you in the holiday spirit. Custom designed pewter ornaments of the church make great gifts. Vermont cheddar cheese, deluxe South Carolina pecans and handmade molded chocolates in various shapes and flavors and homemade baked goods are perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The treasures tables feature a wonderful assortment of vintage and antique glassware, jewelry, tableware and unique collectibles. Knits, crocheted gifts and RADA cutlery are perennial favorites. Handmade one-of-a-kind American Girl doll clothes entice young ladies and the young-at-heart.
This year, Lynne Maxwell has made a child-friendly Nativity set that will delight all ages. The three-piece set will be included in the Silent Auction. Also available in the Auction are golf clubs, a toboggan, and an antique caned chair, among several other interesting items. This year’s raffle baskets are designed to quench your thirst; there will be wine, specialty beer and other themed baskets that make lovely gifts for someone special– or for yourself!
Take a moment to rest and relax from shopping and enjoy homemade soup, bread, cookies and a drink for a delightful, quick lunch, and then continue shopping.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. The church is handicapped accessible. The Church is located at 11 Church Street, Amherst, on the village green. Come and enjoy local, stress-free shopping and go home ready to greet the holidays!
The Woman’s Association has been a central part of the life of The Congregational Church of Amherst for many years. Our purpose is “to cultivate the spirit of Christ beginning with our own lives and reaching out into the home, community and throughout the world.” We devote our time and energy to support the mission of the church.
We meet Monday mornings at 9:30 to work on craft projects and, most importantly, to share fellowship together, which is key to our success. We welcome new members from the church and community, but membership is not necessary to be part of our workshops and special projects.
Our annual Holiday Fair and the Spring rummage saleenable us to carry out our mission objectives to our church, our community, and beyond. These include a yearly church pledge ($6,500 in 2009 and 2010), and special donations to support church needs and mission outreach activities. We respond to special community needs and requests for contributions from charities. In 2011 our contributions totaled $1,500 to the community and $6,100 to the church.
Workshops are Monday mornings at 9:30 in the vestry. If you can stay for lunch bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages are provided.
We would love to see new faces with new ideas and energy. If you have a talent or craft you want to share, if you have some time and would enjoy the fellowship of Monday Morning Workshops, please think about joining us. You don’t have to come to every workshop. We say, “Come when you can.” There are also opportunities to serve on our board, which meets monthly.
For more information about the WA, please call the church office at 673-3231 and you will be directed to the current president.