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Crafting a fun holiday fair in Framingham

14 Dec 2014 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • By Jonathan Phelps
    Daily News Staff

    Posted Dec. 13, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    FRAMINGHAM undefined Peggy Holland of Framingham decided to get some of her Christmas shopping done Saturday at the Framingham Auxiliary Police's annual holiday craft fair. 
    She said there was a great variety of products at good prices.
    "I think it is amazing they can find so many craftspeople," Holland said, who has gone to the fair for the past three years. "There is a lot."
    The main hallway and gym of the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School was transformed into a shopping destination for the day with more than 200 vendors selling everything from jewelry to soaps and scarves. 
    Capt. Marc Spigel, of the auxiliary police, expected the event, in its 27th year, to draw 1,500 to 2,000 people.
    "We are very happy... and the customers who come to do their shopping are happy as well," he said. 
    Spigal said many vendors and customers come every year.
    "They look forward to it," he said. 
    The $2.50 admission goes to training, equipment and uniforms for the auxiliary police, Spigal said. The volunteer officers provide approximately 4,000 hours of community service to the town each year. 
    Roberta Kwiatkowski of Framingham has been a vendor at the fair for three years. She was selling decorative paintings, ornaments and candle holders. 
    "There has been a lot of people," she said of the turnout. 
    She said she's been painting for more than 20 years and enjoys selling her products at the fair.
    "It is an impressive fair. There is a lot of variety," Kwiatkowski said. 
    Members of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support also organized a blood drive.
    "People are here getting gifts so we thought, 'Why not give the gift of life?'" said group member Amanda Morrissette.
    She said the drive was very successful last year. 
    Holland said the fair can be exhausting. "You'll be worn out by the end," she said. 
    Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 508-626-4338 or Follow him on Twitter @JPhelps_MW.

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