St Peter Claver Church in West Hartford held it's annual holiday craft fair this past weekend, November 16th and 17th.
As we have become accustomed to expect, this was once again a big hit with everyone. From the vendors, to the entertainment and to the food, they all seemed to please the crowds. There was also a bake sale and a student run Haitian Cafe!
Besides getting plenty of my holiday shopping done at this yearly event, I love the fact that this fair is held to raise funds for a very special organization. Medical Aid to Haiti is a charitable organization that provides medical aid to impoverished villages in Haiti. If you are interested in learning more about this tremendous organization, click on the preceding link.
Some of my favorite highlights of this year's fair were the following:
THE ENTERTAINMENT - There were multiple musical performances during the two day affair.
I had the pleasure of listening to The Domurat Brothers. These two young men played the guitar and sang. Their songs have a Reggae style to them. The two brothers played Reggae songs but also pop songs from groups like Match Box Twenty. I enjoyed how they incorporated a reggae beat and to those also. I could have listened to them all day! The best part of it was that, not only were the younger attendees enjoying their music, so were all the adults. Watch this video if you would like to hear a sample of what I am talking about.
As a side note, the Domurat Brothers will be playing at Sweet Frog in West Hartford Center (13 S. Main St) on Wednesday, November 27th from 6pm-9pm. I recommend you take a ride and go see them if only for a short time!
Who doesn't love Alpacas? Present were the mama Alpaca and her 4 months old son. The mom is named Kahlua and Cream and the baby is Bailey (How appropriate!). You could pet them and feed them. Petting them is like petting the softest blanket you could ever imagine! Feed them and they gently eat up all you have to offer!
THE VENDORS - As for the vendors, the array of handcrafted merchandise is amazing!
I find you can pretty much find a gift for everyone on your list. There are some very unique items such as hand carved art pieces and wood carved serving utensils, displays made of cut glass and burnt wood art just to name a few. You can find useful and beautiful scarves, jewelry, hand made cards, purses, dog collars, key chains and so much more. Of course there are plenty of home made jellies, olive oils, snacks (for both humans and animals!) and more.
Below is a list of some of my favorites although I will say I did not have a chance to visit every single booth.
Aurora Borealis Designs - Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry by Audrey Byrnett
Walk By Faith Doggie Bakery - All Natural Dog and Kitty Treats
Burnt Offerings - Artwork by John House
Amazing artist who carves spoons, bowls and more out of wood.
Hand carved wooden spoons by Ray Medeiros
I do not have a picture of this display but I did buy a great scarf from this lady:
Lady-Syll Designs - Handmade scarves/shawls (these were my favorites) carrying totes, purses and some jewelry. www.Ladysylldesigns.com
This craft fair is held annualy and normally falls on the second weekend in November. Make sure you like the Holiday Craft Festival and Marketplace to Benefit Medical Aid to Haiti Facebook page so you can get updates for next year's event.
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