Everyone is welcome to come to the fair this year on Saturday, November 11, from 10am – 3pm.
The Holiday Fair at Bethesda has been held on the second Saturday of November for 37 years. Well, except for 2012 when we had to postpone the fair for 1 week because we were without heat 24 hours before the fair due to Hurricane Sandy.
The emphasis is on things crafted by members of Bethesda – except for the Trash and Treasures area that has been stocked so much by members of our congregation who have downsized. We make wonderful things – fresh baked breads, cookies and pies; award winning bread and butter pickles, a bed size quilt that is raffled; hostess gifts like soups in a jar; hand knit or crocheted items; greeting cards; jewelry.
Money raised by the fair has traditionally been used to help fund special projects at Bethesda. In 1976 it was for our new organ. Over the last several years we have earmarked funds to be used to renovate the kitchen next to our main function space. The original kitchen was installed in 1958-1959.
About 10 years ago, the fair committee decided that 10% of our profits be directed to an agency or mission outside of Bethesda that was helping people in New Haven. In 2012 we gave over $1100 to Christian Community Action in New Haven. The rest went to fund the renovation of the Parish House living room, entry way, dining room and youth room. All of these rooms are used by Bethesda and the community for meetings and other gatherings.