Christ Church fair takes you to Holland

Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany has its May Fair this weekend. The theme is Dutch life.

Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany has its May Fair this weekend. The theme is Dutch life.

All townsfolk in the Amity Community are warmly invited to “The Tulip Time Fair” on Sat., May 11, when Christ Church parish house and grounds on Amity Rd. become Holland for five magical hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The land of windmills, canals, wooden clogs, and Delftware features amazing bargains, fabulous food, unparalleled finds, and awesome raffles, according to Mary Karoll and Jan Kershner, co-chairs of the day-before-Mother’s Day Dutch treat.

In addition to a bountiful tag sale held in the church carriage shed, a silent auction, new and vintage jewelry, one-of-a-kind needlework and crafts, home décor, baked goods and candy, assorted chocolate chip cookies, garden plants, basket raffles brimming with valuable gift certificates, nearly new ladies’ clothing, and many perfect gifts for Mother.

There will be a special raffle basket packed with a creative assortment of Dutch inspired items, many imported from Holland.  In addition, desirable articles which will give the home the happy touch of the Netherlands will be for sale at many booths.  These include Delft jewelry, tiles, clogs, vases, figurines, plates, wall hangings, and a charming Dutch boy and girl for the garden.

For the children there will be a Pocket Lady peddling tiny treasures in her grab-bag apron.  Imported from Holland, the surprises include tulip pens, Dutch girl and boy key chains and change purses, miniature clogs, magnets, oversized pencils and knickknacks

At the indoor Daffodil and Tulip Tea Room the soup and salad luncheon menu features homemade clam chowder and soup plus mixed greens salad with or without grilled chicken and a choice of toppings such as cranberries, sunflower seeds, onions, olives, peppers, croutons, cucumbers, etc.  Dessert stars strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits and real whipped  cream. The outdoor Windmill Grill serves hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and sauerkraut.

All proceeds from the annual country fair will go to five mission projects: the Naugatuck Ecumenical Outreach Network (NEON), the Nambale Magnet School in Kenya, the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Christian Community Action of New Haven, and Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS).

The fun-filled, bargain-filled event will be held rain or shine.  Parking is free, and there is no admittance fee.  If you have any questions, please e-mail the office at office@christchurchbethany.org., call the office @ 203-393-3399, or call Mary at 203-393-0066.

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