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Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival returns

McHarrie Place volunteer Doreen McLane, right, assists Syracuse Home resident Audrey Hogan last spring in picking out vegetable plants at the Regional Market. Field trips, the operation of a gift shop and many other activities are made possible for residents with proceeds from the annual Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts. This year’s event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Baldwinsville Fire Department, 7911 Crego Road, Baldwinsville, across from Tops and behind Walgreen’s.

McHarrie Place volunteer Doreen McLane, right, assists Syracuse Home resident Audrey Hogan last spring in picking out vegetable plants at the Regional Market. Field trips, the operation of a gift shop and many other activities are made possible for residents with proceeds from the annual Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts. This year’s event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Baldwinsville Fire Department, 7911 Crego Road, Baldwinsville, across from Tops and behind Walgreen’s.

— This year’s edition of the Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts will be a step above those of previous years, according to auxiliary member and festival team chairperson Mary Gallup.

“Many of the artisans we’ll have this year were also at the [Beaver Lake Nature Center] Golden Harvest Festival so we’ll have better vendors and better crafts,” Gallup said. “We have also decided not to have a rummage sale because we want to raise the overall quality of the festival.”

One of the biggest draws – the homemade pie sale – is back for another year. But if you want one, organizers said, plan to arrive early. Prices range from $5 to $10, depending on the size of the pie.

“We have some really awesome pie makers in our auxiliary,” said Jenny Hammond, auxiliary president. “The pies seem to fly out of here, but we will also have homemade breads, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and candy.”

Baldwinsville Fire Department volunteers will operate a mini-restaurant and sell hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and other goodies. There is also a 50-50 raffle, a raffle for Syracuse Stage tickets, a used-book sale and a basket raffle.

“Our baskets have themes like breakfast, relaxation, wine and liquor, and there’s even a basket for runners this year,” Gallup said.

Most baskets contain gift certificates and other items related to the theme, she added. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

There is no admission for the festival, which is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Baldwinsville Fire Department, 7911Crego Road, across from Tops and behind Walgreen’s. This is the second year at the new location in Baldwinsville.

“It really worked out well at the firehouse last year,” Gallup said. “It’s a wonderful location that’s easy to find, and there is lots of parking and lots more room inside.”

For more information, contact Gallup at 303-4897 or mgallup4@twcny.rr.com.

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