Christ Church’s Annual Fall Fair

Saturday October 20 is the date for the 2007 Christ Episcopal Church Fall Fair. The Fair may or may not have been an annual event when Washington Irving was a parishioner at Christ Church in the 1840s, but no one around today can remember back long enough to recall when the Fair was not going on.

A special aspect of this year’s Fair is that it will be the first one for Christ Church’s new rector, the Reverend Susan Copley.

The Fair runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but we have a special treat during the period 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. when Tarrytown’s new BLUE firetruck will be parked next to the church on Elizabeth Street on display for children of all ages. Since this represents the very latest in firefighting technology, we expect many of you adults will also want to take advantage of the opportunity to see it, climb on it, sit in it, have a picture taken, and hope a fire call does not come through when you are behind the wheel. Experienced firefighters will be on hand to show us everything.

Not only is it an historic event, this Fair has a lot of facets. For one, it is the leading annual fellowship and fund-raising activity for Christ Church. It is also a major community event, bringing neighbors together to meet friends, shop for bargains, and enjoy some good food. The Fair provides a guilt-free and tax deductible way of passing on items you no longer need, want, or have room for, to people who might be able to use the same items. These items will consist of household "white elephants," furniture, electrical and electronic goods, children’s and adult games and sporting equipment, antiques, finer items offered in the "boutique," delicious baked goods, crafts, jewelry, designer socks, a large collection of new and old books and diverse media (tapes, CDs, videos, records, vintage comic books, and more).

Christ Church’s Hispanic Mission, San Marcos, will offer a tasty "comida Latina", and Van’s Café will offer delicious sandwiches and some soup as well.

One relatively new offering is the Open Church. Although it is quite nice on the outside with its Washington Irving ivy, Christ Church is stunningly beautiful on the inside, and Fairgoers are invited to stop in for a look around, some occasional music, a chance to reflect quietly and perhaps say a prayer, to hear about the Church and its history and ongoing mission, and to meet the new rector.

Many special items are offered in the Silent Auction, which has fine antiques, special art work, collectibles (a fabulous collection of Felix the Cat artifacts), and goods and services of all sorts. As part of Tarrytown’s Third Friday Late Night the Silent Auction and Boutique will be open to friends and collectors on October 19, 7 to 9 pm. See you there!

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