LEOMINSTER — The long, hot days of summer have past, and autumn has ushered in very quickly. That means just one thing, it’s time for the long tradition of the St. Anna Society’s Countdown to Christmas Craft Fair.
The craft fair will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with festivities held downstairs in the St. Anna Parish Church Hall, 194 Lancaster St.
The craft fair will feature vendors, food, raffles and more.
“We will have homemade Christmas angel tree toppers, stained glass gifts, wreaths, hand-knitted items, handmade pens, hand-crafted chocolate truffles, and Christmas ornaments, just to name a few,” said Angela Cahill, vice president of the St. Anna Society.
Visitors will find the Chinese Auction filled with great items to bid on including grocery, restaurant, golf and beauty gift certificates, fine jewelry, and other great items.
“Back again, by popular demand, we will be offering a $200 VISA gift card, a mystery door prize, and a kid’s door prize,” said Cahill. “These prizes have been a big hit for the past few years.”
Cahill says that visitors of the fair can also take a chance on the Lottery Scratch Ticket Frame, and new this year, the Lucky Scratch Off Game, which will replace the ornament trees.
“Pick a card and scratch it to see if you are a winner,” she said. “You could win a $10, $15 or $25 gift card.”
Visitors will find lots of creativity when they take a chance at winning one (or more) of the many donated gift baskets.
Some of the basket’s themes will include Italian, American Girl Doll, Breakfast, Charcuterie and Wine, Liquor, Laundry, Game Night, Kids Fun, and many more.
The aroma of delicious homemade food from Nonie’s Café will fill the air and feature Italian foods and pastries, all made by the Ladies of St. Anna Society and the many parishioners who enjoy volunteering.
“We are so excited to be able to serve Marian’s Italian wedding soup, along with meatball grinders, sausage, pepper and onion grinders, pasta and meatballs, hot dogs, and pizza,” Cahill said. “For dessert, guests will fall in love with the infamous warm brownie sundae topped with vanilla ice cream, and the many delectable pastries at the bake sale table.”
There will be an abundance of treasures waiting to find a new home at Nonie’s Attic Flea Market which will include household décor, kitchen items, holiday decorations, baskets, dishes, and more.
The Ladies of St. Anna Society has a membership of over 250 women, “ages 16- to 90-something,” said Cahill with a smile.
Officers of the society, who join Cahill, are Beth Castriotta Donlan, president; Theresa McEwen, secretary; and Bobbe DeFelice, treasurer.
“The Ladies of St. Anna Society are essential to the parish, the school, and the community because they raise money to support these groups and while doing so encourage a real sense of community spirit and fellowship,” Donlan said.
For more information on The Ladies of St. Anna Society, or to donate to the craft fair, visit stannaparish.org or call 978-537-2170.