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T’was Two Days to Holly Fair

T’was two days to Holly Fair, and all through the house

Every creature was stirring – but that’s not a mouse!
Kadri Cooks

Our signage was hung from the windows with care:

In hopes that cool vendors would soon sell their wares!

The staff were all busy, so Susan said,

while White Elephant sale prices danced in their heads;

And Paul with his tables and Scott with his cap

had just gotten in from salvaging scrap;

Dance floor transformed, the music room cleared,

Our excitement is growing as Holly Fair nears!

Will out in the courtyard there arise such a clatter?
We’ll be happy to have all the people and chatter!

If you need gifts and housewares, come visit our tables –
Come out to the Holly Fair, as soon as you’re able!


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.

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CCAE Jewelry Students at work at Holly Fair

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Laurie Savage keeps her jewelry-making classes full at CCAE.  For nine years, she’s been watching students come and go at the Cambridge Center.

But she’s not at all upset about it:

“I had a proud moment back in May of this year when I watched one of my former students graduate from the Metals Program at MassArt.  She started with me about 6 years ago and I saw potential in her and encouraged her to apply to MassArt and she did very well there.”

This year, Laurie’s students will be crafting jewelry and other wearable art in real time at the Holly Fair!  Don’t forget to check them out in the basement studios of 42 Brattle Street!

More than 70 vendors will be featured at this year’s event, including, but not limited to:  sweaters for dogs, hand-crafted theater masks, fleece outerwear, antique maps, photographs, custom crafted jewelry and soaps.

CCAE faculty will also be part of the festivities, including a workshop of students making and selling their wares on site at 42 Brattle Street.  And in keeping with the ethos of CCAE, teams of staff and board members will be seen both days in the kitchen serving up comfort foods, sweets, and wassail.  As an additional treat, a cappella group Random Chants (http://www.randomchants.com) will perform Saturday afternoon.

Holly Fair Vendor in the Boston Globe

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Keyse Angelo in the Boston Globe (photo: Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)

Keyse Angelo – one of our very own Holly Fair vendors has been mentioned in this week’s Globe as one of Boston’s 25 Most Stylish of 2008!

Check out her mention here, and stop by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education on December 13 and 14 to see her work, and the work of over 60 other just as stylish and fabulous vendors at the Holly Fair!

Are you interested in being one of these fashionable vendors?  Please call 617-547-6789 or email info@ccae.org for more information!

White Elephant: We Need Your Donations!

A vendors table at Holly Fair

A vendor's table at Holly Fair

Holly Fair is a few months away, coming this December 13th and 14th.  It’s our annual crafts fair, bringing a wide array of artists and crafts vendors together for two days of sales and deals.  Profits benefit the Cambridge Center and our vendors, all of whom are local and independent.  You can view a short video about the event here.

The White Elephant sale is a tag sale we hold at 56 Brattle during the two days of Holly Fair, where we sell donated goods from the community.  All of the profits benefit the Center.  The items we take include clothing and accessories, books, art, and other items you might’ve lost use for, but might be valuable to others.  We’re taking those items now through December, and to donate, just bring your goods to 42 Brattle Street and let someone know they’re for the White Elephant sale.  We’ll take it from there.

Please note: this year we will not be accepting old CRT televisions and monitors.  Thank you for your generosity, and be sure to stop by this year’s Holly Fair, December 13th and 14th!