Wood welcomes spring with craft fair
By Martha Marteney-Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Apr. 13, 2011
On April 9, the Wood Memorial Library and Museum held its annual Crafts Fair, with more 25 crafters, a quilt raffle, tea cup raffle and bake sale. This event, which was first held in 1994, is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, which hosts an array of community programs in addition to its library functions. “We depend on fundraisers and donations to keep the doors open,” noted Wood program manager for children and family programs, Jan Grace. “Not only does the craft fair raise funds for us, but it brings together volunteers from the community.”
The quilters met every Monday and Thursday, quilting by hand the raffle donation. The group makes only a few quilts each year. “It takes a long time before a quilt is done,” said quilter Marge Curtin.
“It’s a great community thing,” said former Friends of Wood board member Pam Marra. She has served as the craft fair greeter for 15 years.
“There’s a million people who pull this off,” said event organizer Sandy Daigle. She warmly welcomed the volunteers as they brought in baked goods to sell. “That’s how it’s done around here. Everyone chips in.”
On Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 2 p.m., Wood presents “The Blue Shawl,” a true story based on the memoirs of Betty Lehrman’s grandmother. Lehrman tells the story of her family leaving Russia in 1920, accompanied by Larry Unger on guitar and mandolin. Tickets cost $12 per person. Group discounts are available. For more information, visit the Wood website at woodmemoriallibrary.org, or call the library at 860-289-1783.