Update: United Woman's Club of Concord Fair Draws a Big Crowd
The sale at Harvey Wheeler is one of three annual events to raise scholarship money. Chairman of 375th committee wins wine.
The place to be on Saturday morning and early afternoon was the Harvey Wheeler Community Center as the holiday fair of the United Woman's Club of Concord was in full flower.
From baked goods to raffle items, from books to hand-knit caps and mittens to jewelry, there was something lovely to be found as the women collected attic treasures and goods from the neighborhood shops to be sold for Concord-Carlisle High School student scholarships.
Jill Henderson, a member of the club for 20 years at least, said when she moved to town and opened her business in West Concord, it was Dot Higgins, longtime neighborhood savant, who told her she had to join the West Concord Woman's Club. At the time, there were clubs for women on both sides of Route 2: a Concord Woman's Club and the West Concord counterpart.
Henderson said she did indeed join, but the two clubs have since merged into the United Woman's Club of Concord.
Henderson said every year, the club raises $6,000 for four $1,500 scholarships for high school students. The holiday fair is one event; the club also has a booth at July 4th Picnic in the Park and a table at Crosby's Marketplace in the spring. She said there are about 100 members, and the club is looking for new members.
Dot Higgins asked Henderson to draw the raffle tickets: The bottle of 375th wine donated by Joe Saia was won by none other than Meg Gaudet who ran the 375th. Then, she drew the ticket for the Nashoba Bakery one loaf of bread each week for 6 months, and who won it but the youngest member, Janine Olsen who has 5 kids under the age of 14!
In another room, club members served lunch: clam chowder, sandwiches and drinks.