NEWBURYPORT — The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will hold its second annual Holiday Happenings Crafts Fair on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Higgins Conference Room at the hospital.
One dozen crafters, all hospital employees or volunteers, will be selling their fine arts and crafts, including jewelry, knitted items, handmade table runners and place mats, tole paintings as well as numerous other items, some seasonal. Each artisan will also be donating an item for the raffle table, to be set up outside the conference room. In addition, the AJH Aid Association Cookbook will be for sale and the AJH Gift Shop will be extending special offers for attendees.
The Cupcake Challenge, which was so popular last year, will again be taking place in the Atrium. Bakers are asked to create eight cupcakes with a holiday theme, six of which should be plated up and festively packaged for sale. Of the remaining two cupcakes, one will be displayed and the other will be sampled by the contest judges. Winners will be chosen in the categories of taste and creativity, and they will be awarded “Baskets of Christmas Plenty.” Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Sign up in the Gift Shop to participate in the Cupcake Challenge.
The mission of the Aid Association is to support patient services at the hospital by helping to purchase special medical equipment. In 2011, the Aid Association gave $80,000 to Anna Jaques. This year’s donation was $82,025. Such gifts are possible because of the aid’s various fundraisers, especially the annual Great Chefs Night in March, and the ongoing generous response of the Greater Newburyport community.
Considering the current construction projects, crafts fair attendees might do well to take advantage of the hospital’s convenient valet parking service.