St. Anthony of Padua Christmas Fair

On Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, members of St. Anthony’s and St. Rita’s parishes will host the 47th Annual Christmas Fair at St. Anthony’s on Barstow Street in Mattapoisett to benefit the parish and scholarship fund. Stop by for some Christmas cheer, treats and unique gifts for those on your “Nice” list.

To start your day off just right, grab a cup of fresh coffee and warm malasada from My Place in the Christmas Café. Santa arrives at 9:30 am for a picture perfect opportunity. Kids will also enjoy finding a gift within their budget in the Children’s Shoppe and can also participate in a Christmas craft to create an extra-special gift.

The tradition of the Ornament of the Year continues. This year’s hand-painted design by a local artist is a colorful jewel-toned rendition of the Three Kings. The ceramic ornament may be personalized and comes boxed and ready for gift-giving for years to treasure. This is usually a sell-out, so be sure to reserve yours today by calling Roni King at 508-758-6401.

Unique hostess, grandparent, teacher gifts and stocking stuffers await at the Gift Boutique with everything from jewelry to handmade candles and cocoa mix; hand-painted mermaids and seahorses; fresh greens with nautical and festive trimmings, as well as fresh advent wreaths and centerpieces to get into the Christmas spirit. For your convenience, you can also shop from direct sale favorites like Pampered Chef and Tastefully Simple. Orders placed will arrive in time for Christmas gifting.

Have lunch in Edie’s Kitchen, named in memory of longtime parishoner Edith “Ilona” Milott, who was always in the kitchen at the Christmas Fair. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade treats from the Bake Shoppe, available to stay or take home.

Like to take a chance? Thematic raffle gift baskets are back by popular demand with hundreds of dollars in prizes. The Grand Raffle this year features a first prize of $500; second prize of South Coast Dining with three $75 gift certificates ($225 total) to the Pasta House, Waterfront Grille and the Airport Grille; third prize $175 Dinner & a Show with $75 Gift Certificate to Freestones and $100 Gift Certificate to the Zeiterion Theater. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available in advance at the Parish Office or by contacting Clay King at 508-758-6401. You need not be present (or Catholic) to win.

For your shopping convenience, all major credit cards are welcome. Please plan to join us and support the scholarship fund while experiencing the Magic of Christmas — it’s your one stop for Christmas gifts and Christmas “presence.”

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