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Sun Shines for Craft Fair

by Bobby Blair
November 20, 2011

Newcomers present Craft Fair under summer-like weather with a full parking lot.

 

The parking lot was full at 10:30 a.m. and I took a spot on Holis Street. My PTSD was kicking in as it does every year about this time. My PTSD (Post Traumatic Shopping Disorder) began early in life when my mother would drag us kids via the T to Filene's Basement in Boston. I'm not a shopper, period.

(Above) Newcomers Kristen Heller (left) and Melissa Beers check Susan Trunfio into the fair. The first thing that grabbed my attention as I entered the field house was a table with miniature Christmas trees. The trees seemed so out of season coming from outdoors where only a light jacket was required. There was jewelry, and more jewelry. At the end of a row of booths a crowd of woman stood gathered around a woman sitting. From a live video monitor stationed above the booth, I could see that the woman sitting was having something done to her hair. With this big a crowd, all I could think was the poor thing was being scalped. What's this all about, I asked a bystander. Oh they're selling hair holders. The woman must have noticed the perplexed look on my face and said, "It's a woman thing." I moved on.

There were a few people selling pottery, another selling soap and more jewelry. Ah something different I thought, something I hadn't seen in years -- hula hoops. Homemade hula hoops at that, and from scratch. Kat Suwalski (above) while a great salesperson, couldn't get me to bite. I told Kat that I'd give everyone her website so they could take a look themselves for spending some time with me. Here it is: wildkathoops.com

(above-Newcomers LtoR) Rebecca MacCachlan, Julie Damigella, Amy Donahue, and Anne Kelley. I told Damigella that I noticed that the fair this year was down to one day instead of two and did she think the economy was the cause. Damigella said that she'd like to blame the economy, but less people doing crafts was partially to blame along with several other fairs being held the same day. There is a fair in Wellesley, another in Medway, and Deerfield has now gone to a three-day fair.  With vendors' options being spread far and wide, and with the price of gas for vendors, the ineventable happens.

(above) Pam PinterParsons, a former President of the Newcomers in 2003, is shown entertaining children with her "Music Movement and More" exhibition. Which reminded me that I'd better take that afternoon walk to shake off the Post Traumatic Shoppers Disorder. Only a month and a half till Christmas, folks.

 

 

 

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