Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
St. Bart's Annual Christmas Fair, Dec. 3 from 9am-2pm (Parish Vendors Only)

New this year- Friday hours for the book sale! Noon to 4pm


St. Bart’s Christmas Fair set for Dec. 3

Sales proceeds will benefit the church’s outreach, service programs

YARMOUTH – Shoppers looking for great holiday gifts for friends and family will find a host of options at the 21st annual Christmas Fair at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church at 396 Gilman Road. Wreaths, handcrafts, attic treasures, baked goods, gourmet soups, jewelry, pet paraphernalia, books, DVDs, music – and more – will be available for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The fair, which will also feature a silent auction, a raffle and a light lunch menu of soups and grilled chicken sandwiches, will be held in the church’s bright, post-and-beam space about 2 miles from downtown Yarmouth en route to Cousins Island. Admission is free.

“Our Christmas Fair is well known for high-quality crafts and teachers’ gifts, holiday-themed decorations, gourmet foods, and a luscious array of homemade breads and cookies, thanks to our extremely creative members,” said Barbara Barhydt, one of the event’s four co-chairs. “As always, the proceeds help support the work of St. Bart’s, including our outreach and community service programs.”

Headlining the food offerings again this year is Gourmet Freezer, a line of pre-cooked, frozen soups and stews developed by St. Bart’s parishioner Will Chapman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. These delicious meals make excellent gifts and save time during the busy holiday season. They’re available for $4 per pint in varieties such as Beef Burgundy; Chicken Corn Chowder; Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup; and Chili.

Another popular draw is a diverse selection of books, DVDs and music. St. Bart’s will sell these items on two days: Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. A “dealers only” sale, with a $10 admission, will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The public sale, with free admission, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and during the fair on Saturday. Prices will be $2 (hardcover) and $1 (softbound), with discounts offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be held in a portable classroom in the church parking lot. For more information, contact Joe Michaud at 781-3805 or

Among the highlights of the 2011 Christmas Fair are:

Silent Auction: New this year, the fair will feature a silent auction of special items, including paintings and photographs, a handmade serving platter, a hooked rug, a handmade gift basket filled with holiday essentials, and a Cole Haan handbag and wallet.

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

Raffle: Always an enjoyable fundraiser, the raffle will include gift certificates for local goods and services.

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 crowd-pleasing table includes earrings, bracelets, pins, necklaces and pendants.

Handcrafts: These knitted or handcrafted items range from aprons, potholders and mittens to hooded bath towels, sachets, candles, pet gifts and hand-styled note cards.

Holiday Table Decorations: Another fair favorite is holiday-themed table decorations, such as boxwood trees, Christmas baskets and terrariums.

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

“The Christmas Fair at St. Bart’s is a tradition for our parishioners and many folks in the greater Yarmouth area,” said co-chair Susan Jensen. “It’s our major fundraiser of the year, all in support of the church and our 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. For more information, visit

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