St. George's Christmas Fair set for Dec. 7

Features unique, handmade gifts and more
December 1, 2013
Ed and Colleen Herman will have their handmade cutting boards at the Dec. 7 St. George's Chapel Christmas Fair in Harbeson. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Get out your calendar! You won’t want to miss the annual Christmas Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, in the parish hall of St. George’s Episcopal Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Road, in Harbeson. This is the 10th year for the show, and it will be a special time. It’s a free event.

“People come to this show and they have a good time and want to come back,” said Helen Abrams, event chair. “They enjoy the fellowship. We have a parish hall full of crafts and other gifts. People can have a coffee break to start their day and, if they like, after shopping, they can make a lunch of homemade chicken soup or chili, hot dogs or other treats, or, take some home. There’s an atmosphere of fun and friendship in the air. It’s a good start for the Christmas shopping season.”

Featured this year, there will be affordable, handmade Christmas crafts and gifts, baked goods at Elva’s bake shop table, white elephant items such as used books, freshly cut greens, and other special features. Tours of the historic chapel will also be available.

Ed and Colleen Herman of Millsboro, St. George’s Chapel members, have turned a retirement hobby of making handmade cutting boards of nonporous acrylic, solid-surface material, into a business. They make and sell the boards. This is the first time that the Hermans will be on hand at St. George’s Christmas Fair.

Back this year will be Joyce Lafferty of Rehoboth Beach. Abrams said, “She makes all the devotional jewelry she sells and she specializes in high-quality work of Swarovski crystal beads with touches of gold-filled and sterling silver trims.” Lafferty is also featuring beaded earrings that portray the Episcopal shield on them and poinsettia pins.

The St. George’s Chapel Episcopal Church Women, led by professional artist and Chair Winnie Fullmer, will have this year’s handmade crafts for decorations and gifts for sale. “This year, Carol Wells, one of our members, made critters such as reindeer and owls out of seeds, pine cones, and shells,” said Winnie. “We all got into it, and we’ll have them for sale this year.”

Following up on the critters angle, St. George’s Chapel member and creator of hand-knit and -crocheted work, Linda Lewis, now sells animal hats for adults and children, such as dogs, owls, giraffes and reindeer. “A teacher bought a caterpillar hat,” said Linda. “And she taught a class with it.”

An MS fundraiser table at the fair hosted by chapel members Jamie and Monroe Colvett will feature stuffed animals, buttons, unique games and puzzles, Christmas cards, and hand-crocheted things.

Kathy and Teri Smith-Jones, members of St. George’s, will have fair trade coffee, tea and chocolates. Kathy will also have her photos for sale, as well as greeting cards and Anglican rosaries to benefit The Anamchara Fellowship.

The Rev. David Risseeuw, a retired clergyman and St. George’s Chapel member, and his wife Margie will bring fresh cheeses from Wisconsin where he has family contacts.

“All the money we raise goes to charity,” Abrams said. For more information on the show, call her at 302-945-2368. For more information on St. George’s Chapel, go to