Woodland Craft Fair

Vendors like The Olde Woodshed in Calais were at the annual Woodland Craft Fair on Saturday at Woodland High School. The Olde Woodshed has a variety of things with which to decorate your home. Like many of the vendors, they had a large selection of Christmas decorations on hand for shoppers to buy. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon) See one more photo on page 26.

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

On the first Saturday in November every year the gym at Woodland High School fills with tables and vendors of all kinds. The unofficial kick-off to the Christmas season, the Woodland Craft Fair brings people from all over to shop, sell and connect. 

For many, craft fairs are ways to find those unique homemade items to give to friends and loved ones for Christmas. The vendors at the craft fair are a mixture of regular vendors who attend this fair every year and new ones making their debuts. 

Vendors vary year to year as do the variety of products. This year Woodland’s Craft Fair held a wide variety of items from artwork and photography, to quilts and bags, to make-up and home décor. Everyone was sure to find that one thing they’ve been looking for, for that hard to buy for person on their Christmas list or just a treat for themselves. 

Craft fairs like this also provide fundraising opportunities for small organizations. The St. Croix Quilters Guild was in Woodland selling raffle tickets on a quilt they made with all proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald house in Moncton, Downeast Hospice was selling tickets on a quilt as well. The Woodland school groups also lent a hand making sure there were tasty treats available for attendees to keep their strength up as they shopped. Baked goods as well as a lunch of either chili or chicken soup were offered.

One of the things about craft fairs, especially like the one in Woodland, is the sense of community that radiates through the whole thing. As you walk around the gym you find yourself seeing people you haven’t seen in a while and start to reconnect and catch up. They are also a way for local people to support local people. When attendees buy from vendors at craft fairs they aren’t just buying gifts and things, they are helping support their neighbors and friends in what they do. 

Keep your eyes posted for more upcoming craft fairs at the Calais Congregational Church on November 18 and the Pembroke Craft Fair at the Pembroke Elementary School on December 2.