24th Annual Merrie Olde Crafte Faire and British Festival

Saturday, November 17

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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 Holiday shopping and dining with an English accent: 
Grace Church’s Merrie Olde Crafte Faire and British Festival 

 For 24 years Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown has presented a one-day, pre-holiday event that described itself as “more than just another craft fair.”  Taking advantage of the Episcopal Church’s English roots, Grace’s parishioners spend days transforming their church and parish house into a little bit of England. “We’ve become very well known on the craft fair circuit for our gift baskets, which are created over the course of several weeks by two very talented members of the church,” said Barrett. As the photographs show, there is an impressive array of ready-to-give baskets in all sizes, and many themes. In addition to baskets, the Crafte Faire will feature the wares of unique, high-quality handcrafters and vendors who will offer a wide selection if items including jewelry, jams, dolls, and more. The Faire this year takes place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. 

Again, this year, Grace Church is part of the “Holiday Craft Fair Trail” with two other local churches. “Our visitors can pick up a Passport that can be stamped at each of the participating Fairs,” said Barrett, “Everyone who visits all three locations on the Trail will be entered in a drawing for one of three Gift Card Trees valued at $75.” No purchase is necessary. Details about the Trail can be found at

 At Grace church, doors open at 9:00 a.m., and guests will find all kinds of baked goods for sale in Piccadilly Circus (also known as the lobby!). If you enjoy tag sales, Eileen Barrett recommends a visit to Grandma’s Attic, featuring gift-worthy treasures. The next stop might include raffle tickets, “Our raffle which features a number of wonderful things including dining at the Culinary Institute of America, a visit to C’est la Vie Spa, and more. The tickets are sold all day long, with the drawing held during the tea.”

Speaking of the food . . . “What could be more British than Fish and Chips?” asked Barrett, “We’ll be serving the real thing – and this year we are adding a Chicken Tenders and Chips option as well. But save room for the British tea!” Barrett described the beautiful table settings, and mouthwatering array of sandwiches and sweets that will be offered, “Every table is set a little bit different, but everyone gets to enjoy the scones, tea sandwiches – including cucumber, of course – and an incredible variety of cookies, cakes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Seating for the tea is limited, so it’s advisable to call and reserve tickets in advance.” Rounding out the decidedly British features of the Faire will be an opportunity for children to visit with Saint Nicholas between 12 – 2 pm (not be confused with the American Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, dressed in his bishop vestments, will have chocolate coins for his guests).

 Finding the Faire will be easy -- “Just look for the British banners at the parish house entrance on Depot Street (across from Thrall Library), and the theme is carried through the entire building,” said Barrett, noting the paintings, posters, banners, scrims and the “London Street” that sets the mood. “If you look carefully, you’ll even find a bit of royalty paying us a visit!” 

The Merrie Olde Crafte Faire and British Festival will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street in Middletown, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00  p.m. There is plenty of free parking in municipal lots close to Grace Church.

Grandma’s Attic will be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  English Fish and Chips Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 1:00 ($15.00 adults / $10.00 children 12 and under).  British Tea will be served at 3:00 ($15.00 adults / $10.00 children 12 and under). Further information and advance tickets are available through the Church office 845-343-6101. Grace Church is located at the corner of North and Depot Streets in Middletown, with ample free municipal parking close to the church.           





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