WENTWORTH – The 27th Annual Christmas Craft Fair was held at five venues in Wentworth on Saturday, Nov. 18.
The fair was held at the Wentworth Recreation Centre, Wentworth Learning Centre, Old Valley Schoolhouse, Baptist Church and the Wentworth United Church.
District 6 Coun. Barbara Palmer co-ordinated the fair with the help of the five venues, and beginning in August, Palmer took calls for the renting of tables by craftsmen-craftswomen at $20 per table or $25 with added power per table.
I had an interview with Coun. Palmer and she wrote this statement for me: “As the organizer of this event, I was pleased with the support that was received by each venue and the amount of people who took part in the fair. People came from all over to sell their items, and there was a large number of people who came to purchase and browse. As a councillor, I am pleased with the turnout and the way everything went smoothly.”
Then from a large notebook, Coun. Palmer gave me interesting information. As for the division of funds from the fair, each venue keeps the money raised in their kitchen/canteen, each venue keeps the money taken in from their tables, and the entrance money is divided among the five venues according to the number of tables each has.
The list of tables rented at each venue varied.
The Wentworth Recreation Centre had 45 tables with a canteen and a menu featuring fish chowder, corn chowder, hot dogs, pulled pork, chili, spice cake with brown sugar sauce, and drinks with chair Robert McLean and volunteer staff as workers.
Robert MacLean made this comment: “Busy! Well attended! Fun times among the workers!”
The Wentworth Learning Centre had 18 tables featuring a snack and drinks and general volunteer staff as workers; the Baptist Church had 6 tables, featuring tea and coffee with director Faye Langille and other volunteer staff as workers; the United Church had 10 tables featuring snacks, tea, coffee with director Marie Duranceau and other volunteer staff as workers; Old Valley Schoolhouse had 10 tables featuring snacks, tea, coffee with director Carol Hyslop and other volunteer directors.
The many places where the craftsmen/craftswomen at the fair came from consisted of Oxford. Economy, Halifax, Wallace, Truro, Amherst, North River, Springhill, the Falls, Debert, Hartford, Valley, Lower Onslow, Cornwall (PEI), Tatamagouche, Pugwash, Dartmouth, Wittenburg, Bass River, Great Village, and, of course, Wentworth.
The one 50/50 draw had a winning audience participant, Joy Beaton.
The craft fair was very successful. Participants owe a special thanks to Coun. Palmer for honouring craftsmen and craftswomen and for helping Wentworth volunteer workers at all five venues.