Holly Fair is Coming!

For the past 56 years, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has been holding a crafts fair to raise money for our scholarship fund.

This year’s Holly Fair takes place on December 12 and 13, 2009, in CCAE’s two historic buildings in the heart of Harvard Square and features a bunch of great artists and crafts people.

Shoppers can find hand made jewelry, hats, bags, sweaters, scarves, natural beauty items, soaps, ceramics, stained glass, ornaments, photographs, cards, prints, paintings, puppets, pens, masks, food, yoga-related items and much, much more – ranging in price from $2 to $200.

Each year approximately a third of the 60-plus vendors are new to Holly Fair.

Jerome Berkeley, our CCAE bookkeeper talks about the events and vendors at this year’s Holly Fair:

As Cambridge’s oldest crafts fair, we have customers who come back year after year; so we like to have a balance of old favorites and new discoveries. There’s a jurying process in choosing vendors, where we ask potential vendors about their products, and have some interaction with them to make sure the items for sale at the fair are quality and diverse. This year, we have a new vendor who makes delicious gourmet dessert sauces as well as a woman selling baked goods, including a soft kind of biscotti unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. I thought the fig version, in particular, was outstanding. There’s also Liann Graf, who makes soaps, oils, and creams with ingredients that she largely grows herself – plus, she’s a beekeeper!

All of our vendors have wonderful stories to share about their products, which are all, in one way or another, labors of love. That’s what makes shopping at a crafts fair like our Holly Fair such a fun and inspiring experience.

Members of the Boston Comics Roundtable will be participating in Holly Fair for the first time as well. They meet regularly in Harvard Square and have just created a collective history of Boston in graphic novel style.

Some of this year’s vendors have a direct connection to the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. A few women who met in Jen Sherr’s decoupage class will be selling their work, and students in one of our jewelry classes will be actively making and selling their work on site as well.

CCAE faculty members are also represented by illustrator EJ Barnes, Japanese brush painter, Jan Zaremba and maskmaker Eric Bornstein whose work has been a familiar sight at Boston’s First Night parades for many years. One of our calligraphy teachers, Kitty Pechet, will also be here on Saturday with several of her students creating customized book marks, name tags and other stocking stuffers on the spot.

Don’t forget about the bake sale, or the delicious treats for sale in the kitchen cafe we set up at 42 Brattle.  And definitely check out the thrifty deals at the White Elephant sale in the basement of 56 Brattle Street.  Random Chants will also be back again, performing in the courtyard of 42 Brattle Street at noon on Saturday.  There’s a lot going on during Holly Fair – we don’t want you to miss a thing!

Holly Fair is a great place to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while supporting local artists AND raising money to hep us keep our classes as accessible as possible.

And if you don’t find the perfect tangible gift, you can always give someone a gift of learning and curiosity with one of our CCAE gift certificates, which will be for sale in both of our Brattle Street buildings!

For a more extensive list of vendors with websites, please visit our Holly Fair page.

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