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Westhampton’s holiday fair benefits church projects

The Westhampton Holiday House Fair, held today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a traditional church fair that has been taking place annually for nearly four generations.

It will feature a number of offerings, each category organized by a different subcommittee of church members. The most popular category, organizers say, is homemade food, and this year visitors will have their choice of homemade candies, cookies, preserves, pies and bread. Some of the dishes will be made using recipes from the church’s own cookbook “Ambrosia to Zucchini.”

“Baked goods are always a highlight of the fair, as well as the food that people can take home with them,” said Euthecia Hancewicz, a church member and one of the fair’s organizers.

Items for sale will include seasonal gifts, herbs, spices and dry goods, so that shoppers can prepare for the upcoming holiday season. A silent auction will take place of works by local artisans. Greens, flower arrangements and locally made cemetery boxes will also be for sale, as will Rada cutlery and stoneware.

According to Hancewicz, the money raised from the fair will be used to fund a variety of church projects, including the Women’s Fellowship, which is a committee of female church members that organizes charitable events and projects and also contributes towards the upkeep of the church building.

The fair is at the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Tob Hill Road. Early shoppers will have first dibs on homemade scones and donuts to enjoy with their coffee.

— MISHAL HALIM

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