DRACUT — Tables with all sorts of crafts and goodies lined the lobby and spilled down the hallways of Dracut High School. Browsers walked slowly from table to table inspecting the various items on display.
The Dracut High School Band Boosters hosted their 11th annual craft fair on March 24 to raise money for Dracut High School band’s activities. Crafters look forward to sharing their talents at the fair each year while organizers look forward to helping out band members.
From wreathes and knick-knacks to homemade chocolate-covered pretzels and all natural soaps, visitors had many treasures from which to choose.
Proceeds from the fair will be used to defray travel costs for various competitions the band will participate in throughout the year, as well as other activities.
Perusing the many tables, there were familiar and new faces alike standing behind the registers.
Eighty-year-old Helen Lemieaux of Lowell has been sewing since she was 10. “It keeps me out of trouble,” she said with a smile followed by a hearty chuckle. Mischief sparkled in her eyes as she pulled out one of her pieces of art and proudly held it in the air. “My three granddaughters inspired this collection,” she said.
Lemieaux designs doll clothes, but they aren’t just any doll clothes. They are designed to fit the popular American Girl Dolls.
“It’s very expensive to buy the clothes for those dolls. If you buy one of my outfits, you get the second half price,” she said. “It shouldn’t take a parent’s whole paycheck to clothe a doll.”
She designs and sews the outfits at home and will also create custom designs for anyone interested.
“We recruit crafters all year and of course always invite people to come back next year,” said Linda Tambaklis, vice president of the band boosters.
Linda Crocco and her husband Mark have attended the fair for eight years. They travel to various craft fairs in Massachusetts to showcase their homemade soaps and lip balms. Crocco started her business, JoyLin Naturals, eight years ago as a hobby. The products are made and packaged in their Tyngsboro home.
“We’ve done a lot of experimenting to get the product the way we like it,” said Crocco.
The boosters hold several fundraising events in support of the band, but the craft fair is one of their largest. Last year organizers raised about $2,500 profit. They hope the event will be as lucrative this year.
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