December 1, 2021

Weekend craft fair draws crowd to school in Groton

Sarah Bullock/staff reporter

Second-grade teacher Karissa Hart works a table Saturday with her sister, Nicole Stott, and 4-month-old niece, Paisley, at the Groton Craft Fair. The proceeds from Hart’s sales support her Groton Elementary School classroom

GROTON — The vendors filled the gymnasiums Saturday at Groton Junior Senior High School.
They lined the halls, packed the cafeteria and squeezed into corners.

Quilts, carved jewelry boxes, Christmas ornaments, knitted shawls and beeswax candles covered the tables. The hungry grabbed pizza, kettle corn, doughnuts and state fair-winning pies. The exhausted got a chair massage in the library.

Nicole Stott of Camillus, and her 4-month-old daughter Paisley, were there to help Stott’s twin sister Karissa Hart with her craft booth.

The proceeds from her bright earrings, water bottles and country signs will help buy supplies for Hart’s second-grade classroom at Groton Elementary School, Stott said.

“Since my sister started teaching in the district, we’ve kind of adopted it into our family,” said Stott, a special education teacher for Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services. “It’s kind of a fun, family outing for all of us.”

And local shopping is a must for Christmas this year, at least for Stott.

“I try to support local,” said Stott, pointing out how imports are stuck at sea due to worldwide supply chain difficulties. “I don’t dare order anything.”

Elena Huff and Jenelle Treacy, as well as their children, were at their second craft fair of the day. They had indulged in a pancake breakfast at a Marathon fair.

“I buy a lot from friends who do crafts,” said Treacy, of Cortland.

Both also buy gift cards at nearby businesses as Christmas presents.

“My parents always go to Dedrick’s (Farm Market) in Dryden,” said Huff, of Dryden. A card from Homer Men and Boys store is a go-to present for Treacy.

By noon, Treacy had acquired a cloth fairy tale book for her 1-year-old son, Parker. But the free yellow balloon was the real hit with Parker.

Joanna and James Woernleys expected a small craft fair Saturday morning — the size and sales surprised them.

“I was interested in furniture, but it was sold already,” said Joanna Woernley, of Dryden. “We arrived too late, I think.”

But James Woernley gleaned beekeeping tips from a keeper and snagged a jar of honey for a Christmas gift.
“We try to be minimalists,” James Woernley said. “The honey fits in with that. It’s local.”