Spring craft fair brings crowd to Wilkes-Barre church

By Ralph Nardone - For Times Leader
Visitors shop at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. The event is a fundraiser for the church. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Homemade handbags and many other unique items were available to purchase at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Jennifer Lillo, of Wilkes-Barre, shops during the spring craft fair at the First Assembly of God church on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Spring has finally arrived, so what better time for a spring craft fair?

Patrons had the chance to pore over a wide assortment of unique craftwork and take advantage of good deals Saturday at First Assembly of God church.

The fundraiser helps First Assembly continue outreach missions and other community activities throughout the year.

The Stanton Street church’s women’s ministry organized the event.

“Our craft fairs are our fundraisers and have been very successful,” said Robin Burridge, a lead member of the women’s ministry also known as WOW, or Women of Worth. This year, WOW decided to do a spring craft fair in addition to one in the fall. The women also invited some new vendors to participate.

Some of the highlights included crafters who made hymnal angels, handmade jewelry, birdhouses, canvas art, soy candles, lollipops, floral centerpieces, purses, and crocheted items and wreaths. A gluten-free baker provided some tasty treats, and other vendors offered the latest products from Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Paparazzi Jewelry, Usborne books and Norwex.

Burridge thanked the many visitors for their patronage and the volunteers who made sure everything ran smoothly.

“This is truly a group-effort event,” said Burridge. “We want to thank the church members who have given of their time to help in assisting us for the day in parking and security, and the ladies who help with baking, set-up, cleanup and selling of refreshments.”

WOW members also handed out information on their group.

“We have a ministry team who meet every three months to plan out events or activities for the ladies. Our team consists of Wendy Ferrara, Machelle Smith, Grace Stegura and Colleen Swanson,” Burridge said. Each member contributes to a list of “awesome activities” held throughout the year.

“We welcome other ladies to attend our functions,” she added.

Anyone who would like to know more about the church and its activities can call 570-829-0989.

Visitors shop at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. The event is a fundraiser for the church.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Spring-Fair2.jpgVisitors shop at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. The event is a fundraiser for the church. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Homemade handbags and many other unique items were available to purchase at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Spring-Fair3.jpgHomemade handbags and many other unique items were available to purchase at the First Assembly of God craft fair Saturday on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Jennifer Lillo, of Wilkes-Barre, shops during the spring craft fair at the First Assembly of God church on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Spring-Fair1.jpgJennifer Lillo, of Wilkes-Barre, shops during the spring craft fair at the First Assembly of God church on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Ralph Nardone

For Times Leader