Saturday, December 4th, 2010
St. Bart's Christmas Fair

9 am- 2 pm

St. Bart’s Christmas Fair set for Dec. 4

Proceeds will benefit the church’s outreach, service programs


YARMOUTH – Shoppers in search of holiday gifts for friends and family will find an abundance of options at the 20th annual Christmas Fair at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Wreathes, handcrafts, baked goods, gourmet soups, jewelry, ornaments, books – and more – will be among the items available for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The fair, which also features a raffle and a light lunch menu, will be held in the church’s bright, post-and-beam space about 2 miles from downtown Yarmouth at 396 Gilman Road en route to Cousins Island. Admission is free.

“Our Christmas Fair is known for high-quality crafts, great teacher gifts, gourmet foods and a wonderful array of homemade breads and cookies,” said Susan Jensen, one of the event’s four co-chairs. “Better still, the proceeds help support the work of St. Bart’s, including our outreach and community service programs.”

Headlining the food offerings this year are pre-cooked, frozen soups and stews developed by St. Bart’s parishioner Will Chapman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. These delicious meals make excellent gifts and save time during the busy holiday season. They’re available for $4 per pint and $8 per quart in five varieties: Chicken Corn Chowder; Chicken and Wild Rice; Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup; Beef Burgundy; and Chili.

Other highlights at the 2010 fair are:

Wreaths: One of the best sellers every year, these fresh Christmas wreaths are harvested locally and handmade by members of St. Bart’s.

Ornaments: A colorful assortment will be on hand, including 150 special pieces from Haiti, where St. Bart’s has a companion diocese and participates in a fundraising program.

Resale shop: New to the fair this year, the resale shop offers gently used sweaters, as well as accessories like scarves, bags, belts, ties and beads.

Raffle: Always a popular fundraiser, the raffle features donated items such as artwork from talented St. Bart’s parishioners, a handcrafted silver bracelet, a handmade wool rug, and gift certificates for local goods and services. For photos and descriptions of our raffle items, click link below:

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Baked goods: An array of goodies will be offered, from homemade fudge to pies, cakes and breads. The popular “cookie walk” allows customers to mix and match a baker’s dozen cookies from many scrumptious varieties.

Jewelry:  This popular table includes earrings, bracelets, pins, necklaces and pendants.

Crafts: Knitted or handcrafted items range from potholders, aprons, tea towels and napkins to mittens, sweaters, candles, pet gifts and hand-styled note cards.

Attic treasures: These slightly upscale pieces include glassware, china, kitchenware, linens, a brass music stand, toys, baskets and collectable Christmas decorations.

Books and music: A diverse selection of books, CDs and DVDs, from classics to contemporary and everything in between.

“The Christmas Fair at St. Bart’s is a tradition for our parishioners and many folks in the greater Yarmouth area,” said co-chair Barbara Barhydt. “It’s one our favorite events of the year, all in support of our service programs.”

About St. Bart’s

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, is located in a serene wooded setting at 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth about a mile from Cousins Island. An inviting, inclusive community, we value thoughtful, challenging sermons and education for all ages. 

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