It appears that winter has made an early arrival for the entire country – yes, the entire country…the other day, even Florida and Hawaii saw freezing temperatures! Although I’m not a fan of the cold, I have to admit that it’s been putting me in the holiday spirit. Yesterday, I even listened to Christmas music on the radio during the ride home! I’ve now started to think about who is on my gifting list and what each of them would enjoy. It’s easy to walk into a store on Black Friday and purchase a bunch of discounted items, but how many other people do you think will be unwrapping those same things during the holidays? No, unique is the way I like to go. What better way to find a unique gift than a good old New England craft fair, right in Derry, New Hampshire?
The Sugar Plum Fair has been a tradition at First Parish Congregational Church, UCC for the past 70 years. Each year features amazing handcrafted products from local artisans, the perfect idea for anyone on your list. I find it so satisfying to know that I’ve given someone I love a one-of-a-kind item while supporting local vendors and businesses. Aside of gifts, the Sugar Plum Fair also features its famous FPC Cookie Walk, with over 200 dozen tasty cookie treats available! It’s almost a guarantee that your favorite kind will make an appearance with that many to choose from. If cookies aren’t your thing (seriously?), there are other delicious baked goods sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re thinking look, I just don’t like sweets, you won’t be left out! Take a break from perusing the craft tables to enjoy a variety of soups, sandwiches and refreshments.
After that, make sure you stop by the rooms with the White Elephant sale. Here you will find hundreds of gently used items brought in by people throughout the community for someone else to purchase and treasure. Looking for a new dish set? You got it. Trying to find a new book to read? Plenty of ’em! There is a unique and pre-loved item for whatever your interest may be.
This year, the Sugar Plum Fair takes place on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Parish Congregational Church, 47 E. Derry Road, East Derry, NH. For more information, call 603-434-0628. Kick off the holidays with some homemade fun!