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Church hosts Christmas fair today

Sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Hatfield, the Hatfield Christmas Craft Fair will boast 20 crafters and vendors selling jewelry, ornaments, floral arrangements, collectibles, locally made maple syrup, baked goods, door prizes and more.

“We will have 30 gift baskets and a selection of gift cards that have been donate by local businesses,” organizer Sue Gilman said. “There will also be a raffle, a gift wrapping service and the children’s room at the church has been turned into Santa’s workshop,” she said.

According to Gilman, the craft fair had historically been long a tradition at the church but had “faded away” in the late 1970s. Over the past few years, the church has breathed new life into the custom, thanks to church member Marcia Sheehan.

“Marcia was the one who really got it going again. This is now our fourth year and people seem to really enjoy it. I think that once again, it is gaining a very good reputation in the area,” Gilman said. “Last year we had about 3,000 people attend and Hatfield only has 3,300 residents.”

Gilman said visitors to the fair should come hungry as church members will be serving up a hearty lunch that will include items such as: chili, galumpkis, and homemade baked bread and baked beans.

The new pastor, the Rev. Peter Kakos, will also attend the fair and be available to meet parishioners and other fairgoers.

The First Congregational Church of Hatfield is located at 41 Main St. The fair goes from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

— FRAN RYAN

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