2021 Spring Fair

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Storrs Congregational Church will hold its Spring Fair on May 8, 2021 from 9 am – noon
on the church grounds at 2 North Eagleville Road in Storrs-Mansfield.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s newly expanded bread and food-pantry ministries,
made possible through a partnership with Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank.

The COVID-safe event will feature items suitable for Mother’s Day and graduation giving, including plants, crafts, greeting cards, quilted and fabric items, baked goods and much more.
A variety of gift and craft vendors will attend. Handmade fair-trade gifts from SERRV International, a nonprofit that supports small-scale artisans and farmers from around the globe, will be available.
The fair will also feature a silent auction.  
Masks and social distancing are required.  In the event of rain, the fair will be held
indoors, with COVID precautions in place.
For more information, call 860-429-9382.

Looking to spread the word? Please share our printable flyers: full-sized and postcard-sized.


Hanging Flower Baskets are available for pre-order now, pick up at the Spring Fair on May 8th. Please place your orders by Friday, April 30.

Please use the attached form to make your selections, include your color choice(s) on the line provided. If you have any questions, contact Jane Joesten.

We are also looking for perennial donations. Do you have a plant or shrub in your garden that needs a change of scenery? Consider donating it to be sold during the fair. Plastic pots are available in the courtyard for your use.

Silent Auction

The last Silent Auction held in Spring 2019.

Spring is here… It’s time for the Silent Auction!

We are looking for donations of gently used, seasonal items for the Spring Fair Silent Auction. If you would like to donate an item to the Silent Auction, please be sure it has a value of at least $20. We are looking for seasonal items with a spring/summer theme; outdoor/indoor household items, small pieces of furniture, paintings or photo pictures, yard games, electronics, home decorations, handmade items, anything that would make for a fun spring and summer.

Items for the 2021 Silent Auction can be dropped off at the church starting on Wednesday, May 5 and up until Friday, May 7 until 12:00 pm. Drop off items to the Education wing, room 106. Please fill out a form that will be located in room 106, to register your items and /or see Deborah in the office. Please be sure to completely fill out the form and leave it with your item.

If you have any questions, or need help with no contact, safe pickup of your item, you may contact Bonnie Chemerka.

Remember, at this time with safety in mind, entering the building still requires use of a face covering and social distancing.

Bake Sale

The last Bake Sale held in 2019.

Each year people come to the Spring Fair with plans to purchase our delicious homemade goodies. Please help us to make this year as special as in the past by contributing your favorite baked goods to the May 8th sale.

Traditionally, best selling items are cookies, coffee cakes, pie, fruit and nut breads, jams and jellies.

Unfortunately, brownies and squares do not sell well.

Please package your favorite cookies with 6 of each in separate plastic bags.

We ask that you deliver items to the SCC Parish House fully wrapped and labeled, ready for pricing so that we may observe maximum safety standards.

Baked goods can be dropped off at SCC anytime between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Friday, May 7th and after 8:30 am on Saturday, May 8th.

Many thanks for sharing your baking talents.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of this year’s Bake Sale Team, Eileen Metzgar, Sondra Morrison and Frances Woody.

SERRV International

From the SERRV website:

“A better world in the making since 1949: Fighting global poverty through fair and ethical trade.

One of the first fair trade organizations in the world, SERRV International began its mission by helping displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. Since then, we’ve extended our reach to 24 countries worldwide, working to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts.”

Parish Piecers

For many years, the Parish Piecers at Storrs Congregational Church have been making and selling quilted treasures to raise money to benefit local charities.  On May 8, Parish Piecers will be participating in the Spring Fair at the church from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be small items such as pot holders, mug rugs, candle mats and table toppers, as well as larger gifts such as table runners, wall hangings, baby quilts, tote bags, and small upcycled doll beds.  There are gifts to be found in a wide range of prices. Small items start at $5.00. Larger pieces such as lap quilts and baby quilts sell in the $65-75 range.

Crafts for Kids

We are offering a table of a selection of spring crafts for children to make and take. Lisa Haupt, Director of Faith Formation, providing craft supplies and samples, will be available to greet the young guests and assist with the craft-making. One craft is to make a card and decorate a flower pot for Mother’s Day (or just for fun!) with Lisa…

Cards by Patrick Barton

Please view the order form for original design note cards by Patrick Barton here. Spring designs are ready for ordering! Available immediately and at the Spring Fair. Your donation will help Patrick Barton raise funds to transition back to the community.

To order cards: call the church office at 860-429-9382, email selections or mail the order form to church office. Suggested Donation: $2.50 per card or $2.00 each for 3 or more cards. Make checks payable to: “SCC” with “Patrick Barton Cards” in the memo line. Advance payment appreciated.

Questions? Contact: Jan Hoyle.

Other Talented Vendors

Joan Blade Johnson – JBJ Fiber Art
Hand-dyed scarves
Facebook: jbjfiberart
From her website:
I am a fiber artist. I have long been interested in all things fiber. In the last several years, I have become fascinated by the entire creative process involved in composing fiber art pieces using non-traditional methods and materials to achieve my artistic vision, most often inspired by nature and my original nature photography. The surface design materials that I regularly work with on fabric include: paint, Procion MX fiber reactive dye, foraged natural plant dye, rust “dye”, photos transferred to fabric, and much more… A variety of threads, yarns and occasionally, found objects, are stitched onto the piece and more free motion stitch is added to create rich texture, dimension and additional visual interest. It’s all crazy fun, satisfying and good for my soul!

Mary Jo Tryba
Baskets of Joy – Gift baskets designed around a theme such as tea, gardening, or a beach day.

Michele Maclure
Kitchen herbals, herbal teas and green clean products

Sally Doyen
Handmade tote bags

Carolyn Holmy
Beeswax candles etc.

Emile Poirier and Tommy Trapp
Woodcarvings – animals, birds, fish, figures, etc.

Jack and Charlotte Sabine
Maple syrup sales and jam

Donna Fletcher
American Girl Doll items

Jodi Lynn Mainville
Ornaments, dog toys and painted signs
Facebook: DIY With Grace & Gumption

Gail Dunnrowicz

Joanne Sousa

Robin Blomstrann
Driftwood signs with inspirational messages

Roushan Abdi
Handmade scarves and bags from Syria

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