October 5, 2010

Waterville's REM to host craft fair

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — The Colby Craft Fair will not be held on the Colby College campus this year, but many of its vendors will sell their wares Oct. 23 at a new fair hosted by the community group, REM.

The fair will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the entire first floor of the former John Martin’s Manor at 54 College Avenue, according to Faye Nicholson, executive director of REM.

Jewelry, pottery, wood crafts, photographs, stained glass, felted-wool, baskets, soaps, paintings and Native American works are among the items to be sold.

“There will be 40 artisans and they’ve been carefully juried,” Nicholson said. “It’s just a wonderful variety.”

Colby College has had a craft fair about 36 years, according to Nicholson. She said she spoke with some of the people who coordinated that fair, which was held annually at the field house on campus.

Since it was not going to be held this year, REM volunteered to host one, at a different location, Nicholson said.

Many of the vendors who sold items at the Colby fair will be at the REM fair, but unfortunately not everyone who wanted to be a vendor could be accommodated because of space restrictions, she said.

“We’re going to have live music and we’re going to have beautiful Ann Marden decorations,” she said.

“Each of the artists has given us an item that we’ll be raffling off, and that will help us fund the fair. It’s a very large fair.”

Those donated raffle items now are on display in the window of The Center at 93 Main St. downtown, she said.

REM will cook food at its kitchen at The Center and take it to the craft fair to sell, she said.

“It will be soups, chili, corn bread and other kinds of fresh-baked bread,” she said. “It will be served in the old area where they had their salad bar. You can come in and shop a while and have lunch. My husband (Jim Nicholson) is making a gigantic Caesar salad and others are making this very large pasta salad that has every kind of cheese and meat you can imagine.”

About 60 REM volunteers are helping to clean and prepare the former restaurant for the craft fair, she said.

A continental breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at 11 a.m.

Colby spokesman David Eaton said Tuesday that the craft fair is not being held on campus this year because of space.

“It’s homecoming weekend, which is a terrifically busy — in a good way — time for us,” Eaton said.

“Two thousand to 3,000 people — alumni, family and friends — are on campus.”

Amy Calder — 861-9247


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