23rd Year of “Pods for the Pulpit” Crafts Fair
Shop Local on Black Friday!
November 24 and 25 will mark the 23rd Annual Pods for the Pulpit Crafts Fair, a fundraising event put on by members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, located in Norwich, Vermont. This year funds raised will be shared with Spark! a community support center located in Lebanon, whose mission is to “provide a welcoming place where the lives of all people of differing abilities are enriched through a sense of community”; and Good Neighbor Health Clinics whose mission is to “promote health and provide free primary medical and dental care to those in the greater Upper Valley who are in need, but without the means to pay.” Revenue comes from booth fees and a raffle. This year’s raffle item is a colored woodblock print donated by Lyme, NH artist Matt Brown. There is no admission fee, but purchase of raffle tickets is encouraged.
Fifty quality artisans, many juried by the League of NH Craftsmen, will show a wide variety of work including: jewelry in many forms—silver, gold, brass, copper, pebbles and pearls, beading, enamel, Irish symbols; pottery, quilting, wool mittens, woodblock prints, herbals, glass, basketry, floor cloths, etchings, felted and ceramic sculptures, woven goods, fiber art, wood, wreaths, pickles, quiche, jams, honey, hand-spun yarn, rag rugs, wool rugs, braided rugs, men’s and women’s vests and jackets, photographs, painted gourds, elf slippers, stained and blown glass, porcelain ornaments, wooden lamps, felt tapestries, accessories, note cards, books, and more!
Originally, starting in 1994, church members made and sold milkweed pod Christmas tree ornaments and angels, hence the name of the fair. Although the decorations are no longer made, by then the name had become known, and synonymous with high quality crafts, so it was retained.
The crafts fair is held at Tracy Hall on Main Street in Norwich, Vermont from 10-4 on November 24 and 25. There is no admission fee, but purchase of raffle tickets is encouraged.