First Congregational Church Branford, CT         

...where you are welcome!


90th Annual Christmas Fair
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The annual Christmas Fair is the single most important fellowship event of the year for bringing together the members of the congregation. There are many ways for everyone - new and old, young and old - to volunteer and participate in this worthy and enjoyable event. It's also a great time for new members to become acquainted and for old members to get reacquainted.

New this year !
Christmas Cookie Walk!
Walk the room and fill a box full of homemade cookies.  You choose your favorites from the large selection of holiday cookies and fill the box for just $8.00. 

Wine Pull!
A Wine Pull is a new feature at the FAIR. Donated bottles of wine will be on display--all dressed in handsome knitted sweaters so the labels cannot be seen. Some of the bottles will be inexpensive, some will be in the middle price range, some will be above average, and some will be expensive. For $10 dollars you can select a bottle for yourself or for a gift. The wine and value will be a surprise!

Designer Tree Auction
This department offers fully decorated 3-foot trees for sale. They have been decorated by our very own designers and will be on display in Pilgrim Hall.

Handmade Gifts
Your own creations and crafts are greatly appreciated. Hand-knitted and crocheted items, handbags, hats and scarves, vests, aprons and hand-fashioned jewelry – there is something for everyone on your list.

Christmas Decorations
Again, this year will be beautiful handcrafted ornaments for the tree created by several of the members of the church. Some great gifts for the teacher, shut-ins, family, and friends.

Clear off those shelves and donate your used books, children’s books, records, cassette tapes, CDs and videos. Sheet music -- vocal, religious and instrumental --is also welcome. Please no old encyclopedia sets or old dictionaries. Thanks!

Golden Nugget
This is the time to donate those nice items that you don’t use anymore and that take up space in your china closet and your attic -- glass, crystal, china, silver, pewter, brass, collectibles, artwork and whatever other treasures you can donate.

Set up/Breakdown
We are looking for a few strong muscles to move tables up and down the stairs and to help carry the boxes to the different departments on Thursday night to set up each room and clean up on Saturday after the fair.

Sugar and Spice
Make your favorite recipe and drop it off at the Church the day before the FAIR. Some suggestions are: Cakes, pies, breads, cookies, jams and jellies, sauces, relishes, vinegars. Please label ingredients, especially nuts and raisins. There will be a special Cupcake table for those of you who love a gourmet treat. If you need a good recipe, call Susan.

Christmas Revisited
Cull through your boxes of ornaments and decorations and drop off those you don’t need anymore. While you’re there, check out the beauties from Christmas Past.

Christmas Greens
Decorating wreaths is a labor of love for several of the gardeners and flower designers in the church. Donations of holly, other decorative greenery and natural embellishments like pods and unusual cones are needed. Come help on Wednesday or Friday morning prior to the FAIR to make these swags and decorate these wreaths.

There’s never enough chocolate!! Your help is needed to make fudge at home. All kinds of sweet confection designs are welcome.

As a tradition, the men of the Church have provided a Swedish log and coffee in the morning and a delicious lunch consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade clam chowder and apple crisp. Please contact church if you are willing to help.

Silent Auction
Donate a service to the FAIR or come the day of the FAIR to bid on the services being offered. Some suggestions are: Make a dinner, babysitting, pet sitting, computer lessons, homemade bread, household chores, boat cruise, weekend at vacation home, musical services, tutoring services or a special creation of your own. Be imaginative!

Curiosity Shop
Clean out your closets and leave your “curiosities”: Kitchenware, knickknacks, curtains and materials, candles, pictures or any curious whatever you may find!!!

Toys and Games
This room is filled with your new and gently-used toys, stuffed animals, games, baby equipment, children’s books, movies and computer games. Puzzles, too! Please help by donating clean items in good condition. Parents and grandparents are welcome to shop here as well as the kids!!

Clean out your drawers and jewelry boxes. We are looking for women’s and men’s jewelry, scarves, gloves, ties, belts, pocketbooks and accessories.

Gourmet Cupcakes
These cupcakes taste as good as they look. Not just the vanilla and chocolate cake but even tastier. With the holidays coming so many fun creations can appear.