Although it’s only November, the sound of jingle bells can be heard in the distance. Holiday time is fast approaching, and it’s time for joyous reveling and . . . gift buying!
The Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen are happy to announce that they’re busily preparing to once again host their Holiday Craft Fair. It’s an “af-fair” that traditionally offers unique, hand-made items, great for personal use and gift giving.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, twenty-one vendors will be on hand offering winter-worthy knitted items, like scarves, hats and mittens; handmade pleasant smelling soaps and other bath items; needle craft items, like a fair-goers favorite item — quilted tree skirts; local honey, so needed for holiday baking; holiday-themed wreaths; colorful bottle lamps to display; Mary Kaye products for beauty, skin care and makeup (great for stocking stuffers!); handmade greeting cards; and much more.
The Deacons have hosted this fair for more than 15-years, and they’re happy to be able to have it once again after canceling last year because of the pandemic.
“We’re fully opening up—trying to get back to normal,” said Carolyn Keller, Moderator of the Board of Deacons. “Everyone loves to come to the Holiday Craft Fair; the vendors, too, are excited to come and that makes us excited!”
Some restrictions still apply: no quilt show, no baked goods, no soups or chutney.
“We’re sorry we can’t offer as much as previous years, but as they say, ‘There’s always next year!’ But I hope everyone comes to enjoy the festivities and capture that good holiday feeling,” said Keller, adding that Fellowship Hall will have the really nice aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, lemon and orange peels, for the essence of the holidays, along with Christmas music and decorations.
For the safety of everyone, masks are required, as is social distancing.
The First Presbyterian Church is located at 33 Park Place, Goshen. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Geri Corey