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Festival moves to larger venue

Oct. 15 event benefits Syracuse Home activities committee

Volunteer MaryAnn Phillips accompanies Syracuse Home resident Doris Bushnell on a day trip in May to the Regional Market. Residents shopped for plants to fill containers on the grounds of the nursing home in Baldwinsville and spent the next week planting the flowers and vegetables that were purchased. This is the type of activity supported by the Syracuse Home Auxiliary, and proceeds from its upcoming arts and crafts festival will go to the Activities Program at Syracuse Home.

Volunteer MaryAnn Phillips accompanies Syracuse Home resident Doris Bushnell on a day trip in May to the Regional Market. Residents shopped for plants to fill containers on the grounds of the nursing home in Baldwinsville and spent the next week planting the flowers and vegetables that were purchased. This is the type of activity supported by the Syracuse Home Auxiliary, and proceeds from its upcoming arts and crafts festival will go to the Activities Program at Syracuse Home.

— This year’s edition of the Syracuse Home Auxiliary Arts and Crafts Festival is packed with some exciting changes.

For starters, the annual event has a new location. It’s moving – but only a short distance – from Syracuse Home on Meigs Road in Baldwinsville to the Baldwinsville Fire Department’s new station at 7911 Crego Road, across from Tops Market.

“With our new location, we are going to have lots and lots of room this year,” said Mary Gallup, who oversees the team of auxiliary members who are planning the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. “The lack of space, and the fact that things had to be in many different rooms, were always our two biggest problems at Syracuse Home. But now everything is going to be in one huge room.”

For the first time, there will be a café where people can sit at tables while they enjoy some of the many homemade cookies, cakes, pies and candy that will be sold. Coffee, tea, juice and water will be available.

“We could never do that at Syracuse Home because there was just no place for it,” Gallup said. “People would buy brownies or cookies and things like that and want to sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea, but there was no place for them to sit.”

This year’s festival will feature about 20 vendors, and their wares include jewelry, handmade pillows, knitted and crocheted scarves, hats and mittens, Christmas ornaments, wind chimes, tote bags, calendars, doll clothes, handwoven baskets and much more. There will also be a used book sale, a 50-50 raffle and raffles for gift baskets, Syracuse Stage tickets, a dollhouse and a handmade quilt. There will be a rummage sale featuring “nearly new and gently used items,” Gallup said.

“We’ve pretty much got something for everybody,” she added.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Activities Program for the residents at the nonprofit Syracuse Home. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact Gallup at 303-4897.

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