Warwick Holiday Fair returns after pandemic-prompted hiatus

  • The Warwick Holiday Fair, pictured in 2019, will be held once again Saturday at the former Warwick Community School. Contributed Photo

  • Clyde Perkins Jr., pictured in 2019, will once again provide harp music at the Warwick Holiday Fair on Saturday at the former Warwick Community School. Contributed Photo

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Published: 11/23/2021 3:13:13 PM

WARWICK — About 20 percent of the Trinitarian Congregational Church’s annual budget comes from community fundraisers, all of which had to be canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Now that organizers are able to revive the annual Warwick Holiday Fair, set for Saturday, they hope to recoup some of that lost income.

“Most of our fundraising comes from doing public suppers and fairs and things that involve people close together,” said Andrea Woods, organizer of the Warwick Holiday Fair and a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church. “We didn’t do anything last year. ... We need to get back on track with fundraising.”

Twenty-four vendors have signed on to participate Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Warwick Community School, a fully accessible building at 41 Winchester Road. Proceeds, through vendor fees, a bake sale and a raffle, will all support the church.

Woods, who said the fair has been held for at least 50 years, formerly in Town Hall, noted that a lunch will not be offered this year due to ongoing health safety precautions. All items sold in the bake sale will be individually wrapped, and attendees are required to wear masks.

“We’re trying to keep it well spaced for social distancing,” she added, speaking to health safety measures. “The school has an excellent new air handling system, so we’re hoping that will make people feel comfortable.”

Most of the vendors — who all live locally or are relatives of area residents — have participated in the Warwick Holiday Fair before. Items for sale include jewelry, soaps and lotions, scarves, glass art, knit items, handmade cards, wooden bowls, and items for pets and children such as Harry Potter wands. There will also be a silent auction with at least 30 items, a door prize and a raffle with prizes of up to $400 in gift cards. Warwick resident Clyde Perkins Jr. will provide harp music, and the Warwick Women’s Guild will have a booth outlining the group’s projects.

“Many people in the community help with the event. It’s a big group effort and we’re really excited to be back after a year off,” Woods said. “We’re excited to get in the spirit again and be together.”

For more information, email Woods at jarkat99@yahoo.com.

Reach Shelby Ashline at 413-772-0261, ext. 270 or sashline@recorder.com.


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