PARSIPPANY, NJ - The Mt. Tabor Historical Society holds all kinds of event to fundraise their efforts and promote community spirit. One such project occurred on December 13th, 14th and 15th, known as the annual Craft Fair and Cookie Walk.
Taking place at the Bethel Pavilion, the event has been going on for as long as since the historical society formed back in 1990. Since then, it has grown and featured a variety of handmade holiday items, gifts, ornaments, gently used vintage items and jewelry.
“It puts you in the holiday spirit,” said Mt. Tabor resident Jane Leber. “There’s so much going on during this time of the year. I’m very fortunate to live here in Mount Tabor.”
The event also featured a huge table of homemade cookies. Visitors were given jars that they could fill up with their choice of sweet treats. Once the weekend was over, there was at least one empty table.
“This is special and magical for us,” said Mt. Tabor resident Sue Badke, who has been coming every year to the event. “It’s a tradition for the people of Mount Tabor. I love the crafts and brings community together. And of course, we love the cookies! Mount Tabor is a town where people take the time to say hello to you. That’s lost in a lot of towns.”
Aside from the craft fair and cookie walk, Christmas decoration, like blow-up figures of snowmen could be seen in the neighboring Trinity Park. Coupled with the town’s candy-colored, Victorian-style houses, it truly felt like a winter wonderland in Mt. Tabor.
At the end of Sunday, the historical society discovered they have raised $2,000, which shall go to upkeeping the local Richardson History House as well as other efforts to preserve Mt. Tabor’s history.
“This was the first year we did our fair in December,” said Beth Shaw, a member of the historical society. “All the past ones have been in November. There was a lot of competition this weekend and the weather was a factor. All that said we were very pleased with the final total. Thanks to our visitors for their generosity and support.”