Alumni resume craft fair tradition

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Mon., Dec. 5, 2011
Bolton High School alumnus Robert Landolphi readies samples of his gluten-free brownies at the Bolton Winter Faire. Makenna, 5, approved of the brownies, seen here with her mother, Karen Graves. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Bolton High School alumnus Robert Landolphi readies samples of his gluten-free brownies at the Bolton Winter Faire. Makenna, 5, approved of the brownies, seen here with her mother, Karen Graves. Photos by Martha Marteney.

Bringing back the tradition of a holiday craft fair, the Bolton Alumni Association held its Winter Faire on Saturday, Dec. 3. Some 50 vendors sold a range of items from handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, to pickles and gift baskets. Funds raised through the silent auction will be used by the Bolton Alumni Association to benefit current school students. Kathy Aspinall was the chair of the event.

“What a great turnout,” said Helen Winkler, a former Spanish teacher. “I’m so happy for these guys.” She and her husband, Gunther, came out to the event to support the town. “We do anything we can to support this town,” she said.

Alumnus Robert Landolphi offered gluten-free brownies and onion rings as samples of the recipes in his gluten-free cookbooks. “They’re good,” said 5-year-old Makenna, who has gluten sensitivity.

Other alumni vendors included candles by Laura Scheuy, wooden bowls by Paul Maulucci, handmade jewelry by Jeanne Webb, and holiday gift baskets by Kim Gonder. Alumnus Tracy Sargent sold baked goods at her Bolton Breast Buddies booth with Trish Brudz. Mark Reiss, who had a booth for the clothing and accessories business of his wife, Heather, said he saw the event posted on Facebook and decided to join in.

“We wanted to revive an old Boltonian holiday fair that stopped a decade ago,” said John Toomey, president of the Bolton Alumni Association. “We wanted to also highlight our community in the show,” he said. Several of the vendors were alumni themselves, and there was a constant flow of traffic throughout the day. The event was held at the Bolton Center School gymnasium.


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