Annual Salemfest fair highlights work of nonprofit groups
Area nonprofit organizations celebrated Salemfest 2012 on Saturday, Sept. 15. The annual event provides the organizations a chance to educate the community about their services in a festive atmosphere of music, games and crafts. Above, Kiara St. Onge, Logan Dubois, Derrick St. Onge and Ethan Dubois enjoy the bounce house. (Jon Tripp Photo)
Nonprofits get together each year during Salemfest to educate the public about their services in an atmosphere filled with music, games and entertainment.
“I love it,” said resident Rachel Knapp.
Knapp and her daughter Sophie, 4, found plenty for each of them to enjoy.
The day’s events started with the third annual 5k kid trot at Woodbury School.
Across the street, the Kelley Library hosted its annual Giant Book and Media Sale. Civil War Living Historians set up an authentic Union soldier and company laundress encampment. Historical Society Museum tours were also given at the Old Town Hall, the Alice Hall Memorial Library and School House No. 5.
Guests stopped to chat and browse at vendor booths for charities throughout the area.
“It’s great,” said Frank Stewart of Salem. “It helps you become aware of all the charities in Salem.”
Stewart and others were milling around Main Street to enjoy music, crafts fairs and food. Nonprofit vendor booths provided information.
Once again, Greystone Farm’s chowder walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association stole the show. It was the high point of Stewart’s day.
“It gives you the opportunity to sample a variety of chowder from different restaurants,” Stewart said.
The Merrimack Valley’s top chefs plied passers-by with a variety of New England favorite soups and chowders as they strolled down Main Street. Joe Gerber, food service director for the Birches in Concord, was awarded best nontraditional chowder for his cheddar apple chowder.
Gerber has entered seafood chowders the last three years but changed his mind, and his menu, the morning of the competition after buying local apples, cheese and other fresh ingredients.
“I just wanted to do something fall,” Gerber said.
A little way down the road, St. David’s Episcopal Church’s held its 10th annual professional crafters fair. The fair is a Salemfest staple and a favorite among residents.
“I love craft fairs,” said Becky Gallant.
Nearby her son, Seth, 5, enjoyed the bounce house while children lined up for face painting. The day ended with The Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church’s International Dinner.
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