Join the Holiday Fair Volunteers!

The Fair is Nov. 22 & 23, 2018Unitarian Universalist Society: East Holiday Fair
How can you lend a hand?
We need your time, your talent
and your stuff!

Holiday Fair Planning Meeting

August 11, 12-3 PM

Would you like to be part of a dedicated & fun group of volunteers working on UUS:E’s biggest fundraiser of the year? Join us on Sunday Aug 11 from 12 PM – 3 PM in the Main Room for the 2019 Holiday Fair planning meeting! We will discuss how last year’s fair went and ways to improve on it, as well as plan details of this year’s fair. It will be a salad potluck, so please bring a salad to share! Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at or 860-543-0490 to RSVP or with any questions.

Share Your Time

We need you! The Fair Week starts on Sunday, Nov. 17 at noon with the big set-up. Set-up continues every day during that week from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. The fair is open Friday night, Nov. 22 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM and Saturday, Nov 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM. There are lots of ways to lend a hand, and it can be a very short time commitment.

Sign up to help by contacting the fair chair, or call the office and Annie will pass on your message. 

NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking that you include your name, an estimate of the cost, and a description of your handmade items. Our guests enjoy the ‘story behind the item’; it can really help items sell.

Share Your Time

  • Volunteers needed for the After Fair Party:At the end of the Fair, all volunteers are invited to relax and enjoy with food, drink and conversation. But we need a TEAM with energy to organize it, serve food, and clean up. Please contact Brooke Cournoyor at if you are willing to help.
  • Set-Up Sunday, Nov. 17: Want to see the transformation? Many hands make light work. We could use help setting up after services on Sunday, Nov 17. Contact Michelle Spadaccini at if you are available.
  • Book Shop: Contact Susan Barlow at if you can help with our books during fair week.
  • Children’s Shop: Email Peggy Gagne at to help organize and staff the FUN ZONE!
  • Jewelry—New and Used: Contact Peggy Webbe at at or Diana Sherman at about helping to organize this booth or work a shift during the fair.
  • Tag Sale Boutique: Please contact Deb Gould at or Sandi Karosi at if you can help with set-up during fair week and or work a shift during the fair.
  • Clean up after the Holiday Fair: We really need FRESH faces on Saturday, Nov 17 for Clean Up. Fair volunteers are tired after 2 days on their feet. We need people with ENERGY to help put things back in order for service the next day. Email Michelle Spadaccini at
  • Leftover removal on Sat Nov 17:Do you have a truck or large SUV? We need people to help remove tag sale and book leftovers. Contact Michelle Spadaccini at to help.

Share Your Talent

Do you make something that would be the perfect holiday or everyday gift? Donations need to be brought in between Sunday, Nov 11 at 12:00 until Wednesday night, Nov 14.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking that you include your name, an estimate of the cost, and a description of your handmade items. Our guests enjoy the ‘story behind the item’; it can really help items sell.

  • Original Works of Art: Note cards, prints, pottery, jewelry and more: Please contact Nancy Madar at
  • Handmade Holiday Crafts or Traditional Items: Are there some holiday ornaments or other decorative items that you enjoy making? We’d love to have more handmade items for the Holiday Table. Contact Louisa Graver at
  • Handmade Stitchery items: For home, adults & children. Sewn or stitched items make great gifts! Contact Carolyn Gimbrone at
  • Knitted Items: Donating small items that can be made in an evening is a great way to get involved in the fair. Contact either Carol Marion at or Phil Sawyer at
  • Baked Goods: Do you enjoy baking? We need lot of breads, cookies, bars, cakes, and pies. Please contact Jean Mamonas at or Jennifer Klee at
  • Jams & Jellies, Relishes, Salsa, Chutney: Please note that canning jars can be reused but must be thoroughly cleaned, including removing old labels. Please use new lids and bands. Please contact Cory Clark at with a description and quantity of jars you will be donating.
  • Handcrafted wood items are welcome at the woodworking booth. Contact Bill Graver at
  • Rainbow Shop:  Everything LGBTQIA & rainbow related! Contact Ctaci Belster-Coleman at

Share Your Stuff

Not crafty? We’ll gladly take donations of your gently used, pre-loved items. Donations need to be brought in between Sunday Nov 17at 12:00 until Wednesday night, Nov 14. PLEASE make sure ANY donations are in GREAT shape, are in WORKING CONDITION and are CLEAN. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to clean or fix soiled or broken items.

  • Jewelry –There’s a donation box in the coat room on the shelf. Any donations of fine jewelry (14k, 22k gold, or precious stones) can be left in the office with Annie.
  • Books, including cookbooks, CDs, DVDscan be brought in the week of the fair. (PLEASE, no textbooks, encyclopedias or books with mold/mildew)
  • Tag Sale Boutique: Don’t use it anymore? Let someone else! We needs LOTS of items in very good condition.
  • Friday Night Specials: If you have any questions about specific, or higher value items you would like to donate, please talk to Lesley Schurmann at
  • Children’s Books, Games, Small Toys, Puzzles for our FUN ZONE– we need A LOT of items for our busy children!
  • Silent Auction Items:Please talk to Mary Ellen Vigeant at if you have special items for our silent auction or ideas of places who would donate items.

Watch for the sign-up sheets at the helping hands table after services in November to sign up. Thank you for your help in making the UUS:E 2019 Holiday Fair a success!