Support a good cause at the Beta Sigma Phi fair

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By The Staff

There’s no need to travel far to do holiday shopping. Just head down the street to the   Beta Sigma Phi Xi Nu chapter’s Fall Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

More than 30 vendors will be featured during the fair.

For years, this fundraising event was located at the Pueblo Complex. The space at the Baptist Church is a large, open and well-lit space. Additionally it offers a kitchen.

The products that will be for sale range from handmade cards and crafts to jerky and fabric items.

Photographer Jennifer Hanson Bartram will feature pictures from her Viewfinder Traveling Portrait business. Bartram is available on location, allowing those being photographed to concentrate on the story behind the image.  

The craft fair has been an annual part of raising monies for Xi Nu for more than 20 years. It allows the group to sponsor scholarships, meet unplanned needs of those less fortunate and contribute to additional needs that might arise.

Member Judy Lovejoy said she is excited to have another craft fair, what does she enjoy the most?

“All the wonderful things to see taste and buy,” Lovejoy said, who also looks forward to long-time vendors, the Hammers.

The craft fair is an annual homecoming of sorts as some community members and vendors only see each other once a year at this location. Lovejoy’s daughter Elizabeth will make her first appearance at the fair selling hand-made, knit hats.

Another long-time vendor, Adan Garcia has rented space at the event for its entire 20 plus years. While recuperating from surgery this year, the Sigma Beta Phi ladies will add a helping hand with his booth.

Xi Nu has extended its fundraising to assist young ladies with their financial independence. During the fair, 15 members of Girl Scout Troop 270 will host a lunch sale of baked potatoes, with a variety of toppings.

The super spuds, as well as side salads and beverages, will be available for purchase to help the troop off-set the cost of their scouting activities.

The fresh food is available to shoppers and vendors, increasing the appeal of one-stop shopping.

“This year, the girls are hoping to go on a river rafting or kayaking trip,” Alida VanEtten, Girl Scout mom and Xi Nu member, said. The girls also perform a variety of community service throughout the town.

A constant raffle runs approximately every                              15 minutes during the event and the winner need not be present to win. As part of their rental fee, vendors contribute an item from their wares to support the raffle.

One of the drawings will be for a quilt by Xi Nu member Alice Garcia. Her creation for 2009 is a 72 - inch by 92-inch creation done in turquoise, purple and teal.

“People should come to get good quality, unique stuff, in a more low-key setting,” said Xi Nu’s Sara Kaupilla. Kaupilla, also an annual vendor, features hand-made, stained glass creations.

Those unable to attend the fair, but who  would like to purchase raffle tickets in advance, should call Xi Nu at 672-1012.

Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Nu’s umbrella, is a cultural and friendship organization with several chapters, representing all ages in Los Alamos and White Rock.