Wareham hosts 4 holiday fairs in 1 day

By Lydia Goerner | Dec 02, 2017
Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith The Church of the Good Shepherd had many tables of crafts and other holiday items for sale.

Saturday in Wareham saw many people visiting all the holiday fairs as they could.

The Wesley United Methodist Church, Wareham Free Library, Wareham Garden Club and Church of the Good Shepherd all had fairs, selling items as Christmas gifts to raise money for their organizations. Below is a roundup of the events.

Wesley United Methodist Church Christmas Fair

The United Methodist Church's Christmas Fair has been held for at least 50 years. Church attendees bring crafts and Christmas decorations to sell. There was also a hot lunch served with sandwiches, clam chowder, kale soup and the beloved hot, fresh donuts.

Julie Saporito had one of the many tables at the church, selling crafts she makes from seashells she collects on Onset beaches. The money from the tables benefits the church. There was a Chinese auction to raise money specifically for the church's building fund, said Pastor Ginny Doran, and children from the church had a table to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wareham Free Library Holiday Fair

The Friends of the Wareham Free Library held their annual holiday fair on Saturday. This was the 20th year of the fair.

Many books were available for sale, most with a holiday theme. There was also a big table of baked goods made by members of the Friends of the Wareham Free Library. All proceeds go to the Friends and benefit the library.

Wareham Garden Club Cranberry Christmas Faire

The Wareham Garden Club's items were "flying off the tables" on Saturday, said Diane Murphy, publicity director of the Wareham Garden Club.

"It's been an amazing sale this year," Murphy said.

The tables all had items made by members of the Garden Club, from bundles of greenery and table decorations to Christmas wreaths to baked goods. The money helps fund the club's community projects and scholarship program. The faire is a major annual fundraiser for the club.

Church of the Good Shepherd Christmas Fair

The Church of the Good Shepherd has held its Christmas Fair for at least 40 years, with church members selling baskets and serving sandwiches. Those who participate in the church's craft class had tables selling their crafts as holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

"It's a whole church community effort," said Judy Govoni, president of the Church of the Good Shepherd Guild.

The money raised at Saturday's fair will support the church's many outreach efforts, including the monthly food bank, Thursday night soup suppers and collecting socks for the homeless.

Julie Saporito sells her seashell crafts at the Wesley United Methodist Church's Christmas Fair. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Coleson and Kati Gurney of Wareham check out the book sale at the Wareham Free Library on Saturday. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Barbara Smith, a member of the Wareham Garden Club, sells wreaths at the Cranberry Christmas Faire. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Alice Sequeira, a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, serves sandwiches during the church's Christmas Fair on Saturday. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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