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Volunteers are on Bedford Common this afternoon, raising tents and building the shelves that will hold the plants you’ll want to buy when the clock strikes 10 on Saturday morning.

More to come!

Saturday, May 16 is going to be a Crafty good day once all the tents are in place and the vendors are unpacked.

Click Crafter Listing as of May 3, 2015 to see who’s coming, and check their websites!

Cashiers at the ready as early-arrivals wait for the 10am bell to ring and open the fair!

Cashiers at the ready as early-arrivals wait for the 10am bell to ring and open the fair!

The 62nd Annual First Parish Plant & Craft Fair has a place for everyone:
> Heroes to help with heavy lifting
> Plant lovers and craft aficionados,
> Bakers and cookout champs
> Cashiers and math-wiz-order-tallyers

Whether you’re brand new to First Parish, or have been helping forever,
the time is now!

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With thanks for your help,
Jeannie Balfour, Rich Daugherty, Liz Hanegan, Sandy Boczenowski, Julie Turner and everyone on the 2015 Plant Fair Crewe

The planning’s begun, and the fair’s on its way.

If you’re interested in participating as an artisan or craftsperson, click here: Crafters 2015

The weather this weekend may be rainy, but the fair will go on — remember, we post SNOW dates, not rain dates.

AND, the best people come out in the worst weather.

We’re watching the forecast carefully and will make adjustments as needed, but wet weather is good for plants so plan on joining the fun from 10 to 3 on Saturday, May 17.

From-the-topThe First Parish Plant & Craft fair offers great plants and a day of family fun from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, May 17. Begun 61 years ago, two participants, Marty Schafer and Jean Balfour, are offspring of the founders and remain the backbone of the plant area.

Marty Schafer and his wife Jan Sacks are professional plantsmen who moved to a “garden farm” in Carlisle after many years of maintaining garden plots around Bedford. They operate Joe Pye Weed Nursery http://www.jpwflowers.com/ where they breed and sell Siberian iris. Each year Marty and Jan share dozens of plant divisions from their garden at the fair, then spend time answering customer questions.

Jean Balfour scours wholesale nurseries from Sudbury to Kittery, ME, in search of wonderful plants to sell and organizes the plant area each year.

The fair also receives plant divisions that are the result of plants originally purchased at the fair, some that are divisions that Marty’s mother, Eva Schafer, gave to the fair almost 20 years ago. There will also be a “Grocery Garden” with heirloom tomato plants from Verrill Farm, herbs and veggie six-paks.

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And the fair offers add-ons that make the day fun whether a visitor is a gardener or not:

  • a craft fair with more than three dozen vendors, including a table selling Free Trade coffee and chocolate;
  • a cookout lunch and outstanding bake sale, both prepared by First Parishioners;
  • the Chip-in Farm/Bedford 4H petting zoo;
  • face painting by First Parish youth and a seletion of used books gathered by Senior Minister John Gibbons;
  • live music  by Ellen Groves, often of Fishken and Groves, and First Parish youth;
  • Jim Dichter, the Bubble Guy. Jim’s an interesting fellow from Waltham who creates massive and magical bubbles at DeCordova, Verrill Farm and the First Parish Plant & Craft Fair – http://www.yogile.com/bubblefun#41m

We’ve posted the first look at the 2014 crafters. Click here to see the list!

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