Windsor Lions Club hosts annual Arts and Crafts Fair

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Kellie Schenk brought her 4-month-old son, Owen, to the fair. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Kellie Schenk brought her 4-month-old son, Owen, to the fair. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Windsor Lions Club hosted its 23rd annual Columbus Day Arts and Crafts Fair on Oct. 12 at the Town Green, in conjunction with the Chili Challenge.

There were more than 50 vendors with informational booths, crafts and food products. The proceeds from the Lions Club food booths will be going toward projects such as the Windsor Food Bank, special needs summer camps, eyeglass recycling, FIDELCO guide dogs, high school scholarships and much more.

Rob Rochette brought his children, Emily and Adam, to the fair. “We love our fried dough,” said Rochette. “We can’t come to the fair without having fried dough or chili. We are never disappointed, and this year is no exception.”

Ryan Caselli was admiring the canoes that were used for the Windsor Women’s Club’s collection of non-perishables that were to go for the Windsor Food Bank. Caselli moved to Simsbury, but his heart is still in Windsor. “My Nana and Papa took me to the fair,” said Caselli. “I love the food and all the stuff that there is to do here.”

Caselli’s Nana and Papa, Mary Anne and Sam Parlapiano, still live in Windsor. “We had to make sure Ryan got to come to the fair. We go every year,” said Mary Anne.

“I grew up in Windsor,” said Darleen Bloom. “I now live in West Hartford, but I still come home for the annual Arts and Crafts Fair. I try to come home as often as I can. I love the Town Green. It is so beautiful here. The architecture is just gorgeous. The people here are such a wonderful community.”

The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club had an exhibit featuring a historian who would tell the spectators all about the organization’s history. “We were the first official park rangers,” said president of the Hartford chapter, Don Jones. “We started at Yosemite Park. We rode bicycles and eventually rode horses. Now, we ride our motorcycles. Our motto is, ‘We can, we will.’

For more information about the Windsor Lions Club and its upcoming events, visit

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