Wonderful fair this year. Great seeing old friends from near (New Ipswich) and far (Alaska)
I’d like to thank my co-worker Angelika Weber for assisting me this year in the Garden Shop. I would also like to thank our local gardeners, Mason Brook Nursery, Mason Hollow Nursery and Amazing Flower Farm for their generous donations of flowers and plants that made our sale so successful.
At the end of the fair we were treated to an impromtu performance by Mike Ordway and his visitors.
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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.
I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.
“The conception of the Children’s Fair of New Ipswich was in this wise: “One afternoon in September, 1862, the Pastor of the Congregational Church and Professor E.T. Quimby, the preceptor of the Academy, were driving home from a Sunday School Convention held at East Wilton, and the Rev. Mr. Cutler and Prof. Quimby fell into talk in regard to the possibility of so training children that they , in the early beginning of their lives, would feel it a pleasure and a duty to share with others the good gifts of life bestowed so freely on themselves. “Mr. Stephen Sylvester had met (with) the young people and had rehearsals, and quite a large band (group) came marching through the entering door at the appointed hour, the older ones, members of the church choir, singing a hymn written for the occasion. “I think there was prayer and a few brief speeches, and following these, more singing. (Then) the purchase and partaking of refreshments with lively sociability, then an animated auction was attended, at which there was merry competition and playful rivalry, each bidder saying inwardly, ‘It is all going for a good cause.’. “The sum raised was $65 for the various objects named. It will be remembered we were raising supplies for the Union Army, paying 4200 for the support of a teacher among the freedmen, (emancipated slaves) and living at largely increased cost, with no prospect of immediate change. “In the early years there were problems designating where the proceeds would go. Here is an example:
Says Mr. T: “I don’t believe in sending money out of town to the heathen when there are neighbor’s children who are staying away from school for want of shoes.”
Response: “ALL right, Mr. T., if you have beets from your garden or plums or currants from your yard to spare, send them up to the Fair so marked. the proceed will be sent where you direct.
“We met as human beings; children of one Father, for one common purpose, to extend to other children of God who are needy the blessings more abundantly bestowed on us. We rarely see, I think, a crowd of happier-looking people than that at the Congregational Church in New Ipswich at the Children’s Fair.”
Taken from a little book owned by NICC and the Historical Society printed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first Fair.
A special thank you to Betsy Thoms for supplying this information. We look forward to more tidbits about our past, and how it influences us today!
Auctioneer Bill Tobin discusses the merits of antique tools
Bob Romeril keeps tally of auction items
Bill explains that this is an old painting as evidenced by the lack of a toilet
Do I hear five dollars for this?
Dixie assembles a bag of irons
These were worth a bit more money than most items
Saturday, August 16th, was Larry Ackerson’s 40th Children’s Fair. Sunday, August 17th, Larry went to home to the Lord.
The New Ipswich Congregational Church annual Children’s Fair is an annual event held on the third Saturday in August. The 153rd fair was held on August 16, 2014. Planning and preparation take place over the entire year. This posting shows some of the setup work involved prior to Fair Day.
Due to structural problems, the old town hall was not available for the white elephant sale. In July items were sorted and kept under wraps till Fair Day.
Many hands make light work as game are tents are set up
Moving into position
Over the years a bit of tape is required to fix tears in the ice cream tent
More tears and more tape
Unpacking white elephant treasures
Setting up the white elephant sale which was set up on the grounds outside the closed old town hall
Garden Shop setup (sans plants)
I missed out on these wind chimes, some lucky person must have got them
Artwork and posters too! Clothing was on sale next to the parsonage
Time is running out as Fair Day approaches
Looking for more tie wraps for the broken dish tent
Complicated game counter, wood, pins and hinges.
Brewing coffee in preparation for ice coffee on Friday night
Organizing the bookstore
The right tool for driving tent stakes
Almost done with securing the tent for Butch’s Country Store
The finishing touches for the Garden Shop as plants arrive
On Saturday Morning the chicken BBQ is prepared
Corn-Huskers hard at work on Saturday Morning
Sharing coffee with the other volunteers on Saturday before the the Fair opens
We are asking your help for items to be used in the Raffle Baskets. Any items new, unused or re-gifted; we also appreciate handmade items as well. Keep us in mind the next time you are shopping at the Dollar Store, Christmas Tree Shop or Job Lots and see something appropriate as suggested below. A few items from several people can be made into a nice basket. If you would like to make up a complete basket with your own theme that’s okay too!
Please bring your donations to Church on Sunday or for more information call Sue Andersen 603-878-4347 or Nancy Fellhoelter 878-4847.
As always we appreciate your generosity!
Gift basket suggestions:
Laundry items for college bound students
Tea and Coffee
Car wash items
Gift Certificates – Pizza, Movies, Market Baskets, Car Wash, etc.
Dog and Cat supplies
Kid’s toys and games
Baking supplies, store bought cookies, biscuits
Women’s makeup supplies
We would appreciate donations no later than August 1stso that we can make the baskets and fill around the donated items!