First Unitarian Society in Newton

Get Involved in the Holiday Fair


The FUSN Holiday Fair is a fun-filled celebration of the season and of the community. The December 7-8, 2013, event is perfect for folks who can’t commit to a long-term project or who would like to get to know people better—it’s a lot of fun and your help makes it great! Visit the fair table at coffee hour to sign up to help. Questions? E-mail or call chair Sheila Ardery sardery [at] gmail [dot] com to volunteer your time or donate items.

Get in on the secret – the most fun at the fair happens – afterwards! Yes, it’s true – cleaning, sweeping, pitching stuff into recycling bins – it’s a blast! Come see for yourself, and help us on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. and/or on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. You don’t have to sell, bake, sing, play an instrument, craft, or cook. (And you get any good stuff that’s left over free!) You just have to show up with an enthusiasm for all things clean and neat and be willing to give 60 to 90 minutes of your time. Get in on this fabulous and fun activity!

Attic Treasures: It's time again for Attic Treasures at the Holiday Fair. If you're not familiar with Attic Treasures, it's a great tradition to sell items that may have outlived their usefulness with their current owner, but could find a new home with a lucky someone else. You can drop off your donations behind the stage in the Parish Hall AFTER SERVICES beginning Sunday, November 25. (Please remember there is no place to store anything at the church prior to that time). Please only bring items that are clean and can actually be sold for a modest price. Also please put any smaller items in bags labeled for Attic Treasures. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Rohan @ 617-795-2415 or jprohan [at] verizon [dot] net

Ladies and Gentlemen: Start your ovens! It’s time to plan your Holiday Fair contributions to the Baked Goods and Candies table at the Fair. We can use all sorts of home-made goodies: cakes, pies, brownies, tarts, breads, cookies, fudge, truffles, cupcakes, etc. We also need people to work on the day of the fair, selling the goodies or helping to package them attractively. Questions? Contact Anne Hess-Mahan at 617-796-9925 or e-mail annehessmahan [at] verizon [dot] net.

Books, CDs, Computer Games: Bring books in good condition, CDs, or computer games to the book table for resale. Please no textbooks, computer manuals, videotapes, or LPs. Leave on the stage beginning Sunday, Dec. 1 or bring to the Ladies’ Parlor on Friday afternoon, Nov. 29. Questions? Contact Lynne Karlson at 617-965-0259.

Jams, Syrups, Savories? If you know the difference between jam and jelly—and how to make either one—please do! People come just for FUSN jams to give as gifts every year! Build your karma – please organize this fabulous fun-filled and lucrative activity! Contact co-chairs Lesley or Sheila – we would love to hear from you!

Jewelry: Your mother’s day earrings can find a new home! Jewelry in any condition can be left with Fran in the FUSN office, or you may contact Denise Bousquet at denise4 [at] rcn [dot] com or 617-254-1506 or 617-458-6927. After Sunday services Dec. 1, it can also be left on the stage. Please have your baubles ready a few days before the fair so they can be appraised.

Trader Jackie’s Frozen Gourmet Entrees: Pick up your containers at coffee hour. Cook and freeze your favorite entrées. Bring them to Trader Jackie’s before church on Sunday, Dec. 7. No freezer space? We’ll store them! Contact: Jackie Colby at 617-527-2394.

Silent Auction: china, silver, pictures, rugs, chairs, musical instruments, cameras, vases, fine jewelry, crystal, pottery, candlesticks, linens, etc., etc. Donations are needed one week before the fair to catalogue, label, and price. And, consider joining the team handling one of the most exciting events at the fair. Contact Linda Rinearson: lindarino [at] rcn [dot] com 617-332-3780.

Wreaths: Put your creativity to work and come make wreaths! Or give your creativity a break and help sell them! Contact Lucy Boyle at lucy [dot] boyle [at] verizon [dot] net.

Fair Trade Coffee Bar: Saturday morning only you can buy breakfast rolls, muffins, and related pastries. We hope last year’s bakers are warming up their ovens, but we can always use a few more creative bakers. All day Saturday and Sunday after the service co-chair (Kira Arnott) and I always welcome help selling certified fair trade coffee (by the bag and cup), tea (by the box and cup), hot cocoa (by the tin and cup), and chocolate bars! Contact Michael Arnott at marnott522 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Gifts: Please help us out by digging through your drawers for any like-new gifts that you’ve never used because they just aren’t “you.” We can help them find the right someone to love them. And please be in touch if you create hand-crafted items you might be willing to donate or have good craft ideas for us. Finally we are eager for nice baskets of the type flower arrangements often arrive in so we can reload them with holiday cheer. Please contact Helaine at hsgolann [at] comcast [dot] net or 617-969-6430 or Judy at jczacek [at] comcast [dot] net or 617-969-7992. Helaine would also appreciate attractive remnants or fabric scraps if you could get them to her quickly!

Other Holiday Fair Activities: Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the fair in addition to those already mentioned. You can choose to be part of the Recycling team (contact eolson [at] brandeis [dot] edu (Eric Olson)) or toys, games, and children’s activities. And if you want to be involved but can’t decide how, be a floater! Contact Sheila.

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