Come to the Fair 2019!!

When:  Saturday August 10th

Time:  10 AM to 2 PM

Where:  Georgetown Central School

             Bay Point Road, Georgetown Maine

THE 106th GEORGETOWN WORKING LEAGUE FAIR

By Susan Means for the July edition of the Gerogetown Tide

Ya gotta love a tradition that has endured – and thrived – for 106 years.  The GWL knows that Georgetowners do indeed love their annual town fair.  That support is evident in your donations to the various areas of the fair ahead of the event, along with your high attendance rates and enthusiastic shopping on fair day!   Plus, excitement for each year’s quilt, created by a core group of talented League ladies over nine months, is stronger than ever, resulting in robust raffle-ticket sales.  Elements of the fair have evolved over these many years, but here’s what hasn’t changed - the mission of the League as stated in the original charter: “The GWL is an organization of women founded in 1913 and dedicated to help support the community of Georgetown.”  Current League members are proud to continue that mission and hereby extend a warm invitation to you to attend the 2019 fair.  YOUR support, as always, enables GWL support of our town and is greatly appreciated!  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in store at the fair this year:  

White Elephants: an extensive selection of items, including dishware, glassware, linens, home decor, art/picture frames, holiday decorations, hobbies, crafts, small furniture, small appliances, electronics, sports equipment, garden items, office supplies, toys, games, puzzles, and more.  Credit cards are accepted.

Antiques and Collectibles: fine items across many categories – art work, china, glass, furniture, textiles, toys, etc.  Each year offers something that can’t be categorized in this summary.  You just have to attend to see!

Jewelry: multiple tables laden with bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pins, and rings in all styles from all eras.

Gift Boutique: hand-crafted items made by the League ladies, including balsam bags, fabric tote bags, iPad covers, grocery sacks, purses, wall hangings, pillows, table runners, hot pads, aprons, lavender eye pads (get it?) and sachets, fabric game boards, bean bags, and a dedicated area featuring period and contemporary American Girl (18” doll) clothes and accessories.

Silent Auction: featuring the creations of local artists, the products of area businesses, special services and experiences, and the return of the newly introduced (in 2018) and very popular WALL of GIFT CARDS – for restaurants and SURPRISES this year.  Stay tuned!

Artists and Craftspeople: Maine artisans including painters, woodworkers, photographers, jewelry makers, paper artists, basket weavers, sculptors, fiber artists, and weavers/spinners.  If you are new in town and would like to participate, please contact Susan Taylor at susan@tdsit.com or 443-414-0439.

Baked Goods: homemade goodies galore – pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, candy, fudge, bread, cheese spread, jellies, and 4-bean salad.

Luncheon: served in the cafeteria starting at 11:30.   Buy your tickets at the cafeteria door for fresh lobster or turkey salad, fresh fruit, pasta salad, and blueberry cake, accompanied by lemonade, iced tea, or water.  Hot dogs are also available.

Quilt Raffle: the winning raffle ticket for this year’s creation, titled “Garden by the Sea,” will be drawn (in the cafeteria) at the close of the fair.  The quilt can be viewed – and tickets can be purchased – weekends at Five Islands Wharf (weather permitting), as well as at the Town Meeting (June 15), the GVFD Auction (July 13), Bath Farmers’ Market frequently and, on occasion, the Bath Shaw’s.  Tickets can also be purchased at the fair.  The cost is $1 each or $5 for a book of seven.  For information on how to buy tickets by mail, visit www.georgetownworkingleague.org.  Questions?  Call Sheila McCandless at 2074.

HOW TO DONATE ITEMS TO THE FAIR

Your donations to certain fair areas help make the fair possible.  We thank you in advance for donating to the following areas:

White Elephants:  beginning Wednesday, July 17, donations (excluding books and clothing) can be dropped off at the church opposite the school from 10 am to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Items should be clean, and electronics should be in good working order.  Higher-quality and antique items will be directed to the Antiques and Collectibles area and appropriately priced.  Last drop-off day is Saturday, August 3.  Contact Karen MacGillivary at kmacg13@gmail.com or 9540 with questions.

Jewelry: Donations of any type of jewelry in any condition (including single earrings) are appreciated.  For special pieces, please include a detailed description.  Donations can be made to any League member or directly to Sandy Goodman (2164).

Silent Auction: To donate a gift card, item, service, or “experience,” contact Kathy Cecero at 2624.  Kathy and her team welcome your contributions to this expanding fair area. (P.S. And it’ll be good for your business.)

Baked Goods: To contribute your specialty, please drop off your labeled item(s) at the school by 9 am on fair day for pricing and arrangement.  Pies are especially popular, but all manner of sweets - and savories - sell!  We could actually use more items in 2019.  The bigger our selection, the happier our customers, the longer our selling period, AND the more we earn and contribute to total fair sales.  Please consider donating to this fair area!  

For more information about the Fair, please contact Fair Chair Sheila O’Grady at sheilahogrady46@gmail.com or 9157.  

And please remember, the Fair is held rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!