First Congregational Church holds annual Spring Fun Fest

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., May. 7, 2013
Four-year-old Aiden plays with a truck that he purchased at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic tag sale, part of the annual Fun Festival held on May 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Four-year-old Aiden plays with a truck that he purchased at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic tag sale, part of the annual Fun Festival held on May 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The weekend of May 4 and 5 seemed to be the unofficial kick-off for tag and garage sales in the area. Signs for individual sales popped up on main drags in every town. One of the many church-sponsored sales was held at First Congregational Church of Willimantic, part of the congregation’s annual Spring Fun Fest.

This is the fourth year for the spring event, the fifth year for the festival overall. “We moved it from the fall to the spring after the first year,” explained office manager and treasurer Valerie Timmins. Timmins said that the festival is always evolving. “We’ve tried to build it each year,” she said. This year’s menu included hot dogs as well as fried dough, which the church sells regularly at Third Thursday events. There were games for the kids spread out across the front lawn. There was a tag sale inside, and the congregation’s Kid’s Boutique and Thrift Shop was open. There were perennials and annuals for sale, and a variety of live entertainment provided by both parishioners and outside performers.

The First Congregational Church of Willimantic’s Kid’s Boutique and Thrift Shop is open most Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Timmins said the boutique carries gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. The boutique is located in the basement of the church at 199 Valley St. in Willimantic.


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