Congregational church to host Country Christmas Fair

The Congregational Church of Hollis will host an old-
fashioned Country Christmas Fair from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21.

The church has a history of classic Christmas fairs like this dating to the 1950s (with some gaps of time in between). This year,
organizers say, they’re back stronger than ever.

In addition to handmade crafts, an
extensive used book sale, and a luncheon with homemade soup, bread, dessert and
live music, fairgoers will find handcrafted wool mitens, holiday wreaths, and a new Ladies Fashion Boutique offering high-end
and vintage ladies’ clothing and accessories.

Children will have much to see and do, including kids crafts, treats, "beanie baby scarves" and the church’s popular Angel Loft, where children won’t need their parents in order to shop for gifts (at very reasonable prices), with free gift wrapping by teens.

"I love this part of the fair," said Sarah Burns, of Hollis. "With just a few dollars each, my kids actually do a good amount of shopping for relatives. I’m always surprised by what they bring back – jewelry, games,
ornaments. It’s so fun for them to shop
without me tagging along."

Nearly a dozen themed gift baskets will be up for raffle, including a "loaded" chocolate basket, a gourmet coffee-themed basket, and an arts and crafts basket, among others. Fairgoers may also buy handmade baked goods, jams, jellies and preordered, homemade pies for Thanksgiving. The made-from-scratch pies can be ordered at

"There is something for everyone here," said Susan Adams, one of the fair’s organizers. "We pride ourselves on having an old-fashioned Christmas Fair, and so we don’t bring in outside vendors. This is a talented congregation, and many of our members work weeks and months creating one-of-a-kind handmade items, and we keep the prices reasonable.

"There’s a warm, celebratory community atmosphere at the fair that we want to share with the wider community."

For more information, visit www. or call 465-7797. The church is located at 2 Monument Square in the center of Hollis.