By Sarah Everdell, Fair Chair Plans are well underway for the 26th St. Francis Fair held this year on August 8th at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds. Over the past 25 years, St. Francis has donated more than $100,000 to local organizations that have partnered with us including Tree of Life, Habitat for Humanity, CFO, THAW, Peninsula Ambulance Corp, H.O.M.E, and Nichols Day Camp who is our partner again for the 2015 Fair.
Suzanne Decrow has been a part of the Fair longer than anyone else, from its inception when Junque was called the White Elephant Table.Once again she and her very loyal crew are handling this gigantic yard sale, and Joe Thompson graciously, once again, has offered his barn for storage. He also heads up the Tool Booth. David Decrow will be in charge of the beverage booth again but what he does behind the scenes is really his gift to the Fair, while Ray Yardy does all the set-up and take-down chores in addition to solving last minute problems. Both could use a lot of help from volunteers. The Grillers have become an institution led by Brinley Hall and few can pass up the sausage or hamburger offerings, or the aromas. Nor can many pass up the delicious offerings at the food table chaired by Chris Ramsay and Judy Rountree. Almost everything sold out last year quite quickly. And, of course, next to the food is the ever popular Strawberry Shack chaired by Mary Boyd which also will sell out on a hot day. Hundreds (if not thousands) of books are for sale by a committee headed by Julie Boardman and Robert Publicover. Bob and Pam Siewers among others spent the early spring sorting books in Pam’s basement. The sorting process has now moved to Tom & Julie’s Barn in Sargentville. Volunteers are needed. The other very popular booth, of course, is jewelry and scarves chaired by Sandy Snow who always does a wonderful job of organization and presentation. Granny’s Attic is back again led by Angela Yardy and Judy Rountree offering new and slightly used toys and books and will again be located in the same tent as Children’s Games chaired by Katie MacLeod. Face painting and crafts are free as is the horse-drawn wagon ride. Treasure Chest, with new chairs Cathy Thompson and Milissa LeLonde, will have wonderful antiques and modern discoveries, and there will also be a small silent auction as part of the overall booth. Donations have been coming in already. New this year is The Garden Shed, chaired by Sue and Pudge Grindle. This will offer all things gardening including plants, herbs, arrangements, tools, books, vases, and even free advice from master gardeners. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes including the coffee cart with Fred and Prudy Heilner which starts early on Saturday morning providing coffee and donuts to not only everyone setting up, but also to the many who are lined up waiting to get in. Page Williamson and Jack Joyce have agreed to be masters of ceremony again coordinating music and important announcements, and Tim Thomas has once again agreed to be treasurer, in charge of all the money, a most important role. Joe Lendvai has agreed to photograph the whole event as he has been doing for over 15 years. Anne and Brent Follweiller always take care of any signs that need to be put up or taken down, and Judy Rountree does an exceptional job of publicity. Elaine MacLean will handle the Package Check, a very necessary addition to the Fair, and unseen by almost everyone, Jon Dullnig is our security force on Friday evening throughout the night. He is our Wyatt Earp. Nancy Doane, as a past chair is every present, from helping to count the money, to working at the Treasure Chest, to making sure the chair is organized.The Fair could not happen without her gentle and gracious support. Your Help is needed We’re still in need of a chair to organize the trucks, but otherwise the Fair is moving towards another success in August. Each of the booths will need volunteers, and sign-ups will go up in July. We will need cakes, cookies, and sweets for the food table, and, of course, all of your junque and treasures, jewelry and books to ensure a successful day. We’re presently organizing a “pick up day” for Saturday, July 18th to pick up larger, heavier items. So plan on August 8th – bring your friends, relatives, and houseguests and sign up to help. This is a truly wonderful afFAIR.
Drop offs: no more for Junque –
Jewelry and Scarves – at the church or to Nancy Doane
Granny’s Attic – church
Books – church or if it is a large donation of books Julie and Tom Boardman’s Barn in Sargentville. But it is very important that you call Julie ahead of time (359-2501) as the barn is not always unlocked.
Tools – Joe’s barn
Treasure Chest – storage bin in Ellsworth; the church office has a key, or call Sarah Everdell, 359-8562, who also has a key.
And Thank You!!!