Join the Holiday Fair Volunteers!

The Fair is Nov. 16 & 17, 2018
How can you lend a hand? We need your time, your talent and your stuff!

Share Your Time

It’s not too early to plan ahead and put our fair on your calendar. We need you! The Fair Week starts on Sunday, Nov. 11 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. 16 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM and Saturday Nov 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

There are lots of ways to lend a hand, and it can be a very short time commitment.

  • We need a co-chair and members for a Holiday Fair Committee: We are looking for more people to take on leadership roles this year. There are tasks for every interest: creating newsletter ads, coordinating volunteer sign ups, making announcements at Sunday Services, managing space logistics and more! This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how the Holiday Fair works. Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at for more information.
  • 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 Michelle Spadaccini at 860-543-0490 or if you are willing to help.
  • Looking for bookcases to borrow for the Children’s Shop during the Fair: Please email Peggy Gagne at
  • Coordinators needed for Friday Night Refreshments: We need a volunteer to coordinate donations and oversee refreshments on Friday night. Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at
  • Chairperson needed for the Pride Shop/Rainbow Booth: Everything is LGBTQIA & rainbow related! Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at to coordinate this important booth.
  • Chairperson needed for the Stitchery Booth: Sewn or stitched items make great gifts. Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at to coordinate this important booth.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Looking for volunteers to personalize ornaments during the Fair and apply temporary tattoos for guests. Please contact Michelle Spadaccini at 860-543-0490 or if you are interested.
  • Set-Up Sunday, Nov. 11: Want to see the transformation? Many hands make light work. We could use help setting up after services on Sunday, Nov 11. 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!
  • Holiday Luncheon on Saturday: We need cooks to help prep, serve and prepare the food, as well as volunteers to clean up. Contact Gail Crook at to help.
  • 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

We sell handmade items of all kinds, works of art, and baked goods. Do you make something that would be the perfect holiday or everyday gift? Let us know what you can contribute! 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
  • 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 Joan Macomber 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

Share Your Stuff

Not crafty? We’ll gladly take donations of your gently used, pre-loved items. Now’s the time to put aside things you can donate as you declutter your home. Donations need to be brought in between Sunday Nov 11 at 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 – We are currently collecting 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, DVDs can 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 and are especially looking for a few high ticket items for our 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.

THE TIME TO START IS NOW! Members are already making items for the fair. Watch for e-blasts, Sunday bulletin ads, the UUS:E Website, Facebook pages, and future newsletters to find out how you can get involved. In the fall, watch for the sign-up sheets at the helping hands table after services in October or let Michelle Spadaccini know if you would like to help at 860-543-0490.  Thank you for your help in making the UUS:E 2017 Holiday Fair a success!