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Rindge Woman’s Club art and harvest fair is back after COVID

  • The Rindge Woman’s Club’s annual harvest fair is back to sell homemade jellies, jams and pickled vegetables. —COURTESY OF DEBBIE QUALEY

  • Vendor Colleen Keegan sets up shop to sell her homemade crafts at a previous Rindge Woman’s Club art and harvest fair. —COURTESY OF DEBBIE QUALEY

  • Fresh produce and seasonal decorations like pumpkins will be sold at this year’s Rindge Woman’s Club harvest fair. —COURTESY OF DEBBIE QUALEY

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/20/2022 5:46:27 PM
Modified: 9/20/2022 5:45:48 PM

After a two-year pause due to COVID, Rindge Woman’s Club Treasurer Nancy LaRue Bonell said she is excited for the club to host its art and harvest fair again.

“We are extremely happy to be back,” said Bonell.

The club has been hosting an annual art and harvest fair since the 1970s, but operations were put on hold in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, Sept. 24, close to 20 local vendors will set up shop at the Rindge Recreation Center, located at 283 Wellington Road. 

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the home and garden table will be selling fresh vegetables, jams and other preservatives. The bakery table will offer homemade breads and desserts including cakes, pies, and cookies. The RADA table will be selling kitchen cutlery and other accessories. Lunch to-go will be served from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In addition, a basket filled with 35 gift cards and prizes will be raffled off, including $200 to Home Depot and a free round of golf at the Shattuck Golf Course in Jaffrey. 

This year, the Rindge Woman’s Club is hosting a new attraction. Keene-based antique dealer Dan Yelin will be making an appearance to assess antiques. Donations for Yelin’s assessments will benefit local nonprofits in the Monadnock region.

Bonell said she’s anticipating a big turnout at this year’s harvest fair.

“We hope everyone can attend and come out to support us,” said Bonell.

According to Bonell, all proceeds from the harvest fair will go toward benefiting clubs and organizations in Rindge, with a portion supporting Rindge and Jaffrey residents interested in higher education. In previous years,art and harvest fair has raised as much as $8,000 for college scholarship money for high school students and adult women. 

Rindge Woman’s Club Director Marilyn Griska said she’s proud to be a part of an organization that benefits the entire Rindge community.

“All the money we raise goes back to the community,” said Griska. “Our motto is to lend a helping hand.” 

The Scholarship Committee will be accepting scholarship applications next spring for the fall 2023 semester. 

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