Crafting Made Easy! Shop the Norwood's Craft Affair This Month!

Bella Caggiano
Issue Date: 
October, 2018
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Fall is a busy and exciting time in Norwood: football, Halloween activities, the Breast in Show walk, and of course,, the Norwood Craft Affair! Considered one of the best craft fairs in the area, Norwood's 'A Craft Affair' will again be hosted at Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St., on Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m-2:30 p.m.
Every October, the town of Norwood hosts a favorite fall shopping stop for crafting fans. The 'Affair' has grown to include approximately 90 crafters who travel to Norwood from all over New England to showcase their creative wares. The list is so impressive, and includes: sewn, crocheted, and knitted pieces, there will be chocolate and honey, items for pets, jewelry, holiday decor, wreaths, stained glass, jams and jellies, mirrors, paintings, 3-tiered plates, bags, scarves, soap, wooden toys, painted glass, quilts, ornaments, hats and mittens, cards, plastic canvas, hand towels, hair bows, hen houses, ceramics, puzzle lights, decoupage plates and doll clothes, and much more! The huge assortments of raffles are always a popular corner with chances to win many handmade items, gift certificates and Mustang memorabilia!
This event, however, means a lot more than just a fun and successful shopping day. In addition to becoming one of the premier craft venues in the state, it is a very successful fundraiser for Norwood High School and local organizations.
The history of 'A Craft Affair' was a brilliant concept created by former Norwood High School teacher Paula Pelaggi as a fundraiser for the Norwood Post Prom Party. Because of its economical success, however, it has grown to not only aid its original beneficiary, but also provides donations to numerous Norwood school organizations.
In addition to its positive attendance figures, crafters enroll in 'A Craft Affair' because the day is truly a community event. Norwood students and athletes offer their services preparing the gym and setting up tables and assisting crafters carrying their items from and to their cars and providing their breaks throughout the day. They also help run the raffles and bake sales.
While a large amount of the proceeds go towards the Post Prom Party, any Norwood group or team that has students helping at the craft fair is eligible to apply for funds for their club from the day's profits. Past organizations have included, Norwood sports teams, the drama club, cheerleaders, SAAD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the fine arts department after school programs.
What is considered one of the leading craft fairs in the area, 'A Craft Affair' at Norwood, saw roughly 1,000 customers walk through the door. With that kind of popularity, the craft fair is considered the largest Norwood High School fundraiser and is typically able to donate $5,000 to the Post Prom Party Committee and up to $300 for each school organization that applies.
Entrance tickets are $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors and children under 12, and are available at the door the day of the event. Purchase hostess gifts and decorative items for the holidays, or come by and pick out something handmade and beautiful as a personal fall present!