PARSIPPANY, NJ - The moment Halloween is over, people often think of one thing: holiday shopping. And on November 15th and 16th, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church held its annual eighth craft fair.

This event for the weekend attracted hundreds of Parsippany residents who came to see what was on sale, with locals setting up tables that featured their own handcrafted goods, from toys, to clothing, to jewelry and ornaments. The craft fair also include a bake sale and tricky tray. There was even a room meant for old antique items.

“This craft fair brings our church together with everyone’s skills and talents,” said Joanne Jacobia, from Parsippany, who was part of fair’s committee.  “It’s also a neighbor outreach for other church communities.”

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Jacobia is also a parishioner of St. Ann’s and has been with the church for 31 years.  “We love this event,” said Patty Craven, who came from Wharton to set up a table with her aunt Pearl Law, selling homemade puppets, scarfs, hats and pocket bags.

“We look forward to it every year and it always gets great support. It’s very spacious with a lot of great people.”

Married Parsippany couple Rosa and Emilio Prisco felt the same way as they sold their own homemade tomato sauces at their vendor.

“The fair is a good idea,” said Rosa, who has set up tables with her husband at the event for the last four years.  “It’s our pleasure to do this every year and we always do it for the church.”

The craft fair also acted as a fundraiser for church activities. Furthermore, it even held a room dedicated to Christmas toys and decorations as the craft fair was also avenue for early holiday shopping. And the hundreds of Parsippany shoppers were very pleased to have such an event so near their homes.

“I love this craft fair,” said Parsippany resident Joan Donohue. “St. Ann’s Church does such a great job in putting it together. Here, you meet people you know as well as new faces. The vendors have things set so well and the people who run them are very talented. And you can’t leave without buying anything!”

Later on, St. Ann’s intends to celebrate the holidays further by holding Christmas corals and a pageant on December 21st.

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