Topsfield Fair hosting job fair

The Topsfield Fairgrounds will be holding a job fair for the 2013 season. If you are looking for a temporary job this fall and you enjoy people and a fun atmosphere, Topsfield Fair is looking for you. The fair is looking to fill temporary positions for the 2013 Fair, which runs from Oct. 4-14.

The job fair will be held on two days, Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in Coolidge Hall of the fairgrounds. There is a variety of positions in: parking, ticketing, security, greeters, education, information booths and more. If available, applicants should bring a resume, letters of recommendation and any other helpful documents.

If anyone has questions concerning the positions, they can contact the fair via email at or phone at 978-887-5000.

Craft & Gift Festival at Austin Preparatory School

This year’s event is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s MultiPurpose Facility, 101 Willow St., Reading. The festival attracts hundreds of people every year who are looking for jewelry, cards, home décor items, handbags, gift baskets and many other goods. The festival also features bake and flower sales and raffle prizes.

Cost is $70 for a single space and $140 for a double space. This is a non-juried festival and limited to the first 70 vendors who register. Jewelry vendors are limited to 12 and some spaces with electricity are available.

To register, go to, click Giving and then Craft & Gift Festival.

The event is organized by the Friends of Austin, a volunteer parent group, and serves as a fundraiser for the school. All proceeds benefit Austin Prep. Questions may be directed to Competition at Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair will host the annual Winemaking Competition at the 2013 Fair. Homemade Wine entries are being accepted until Wednesday, Aug 7. Entries, along with registration forms, should be dropped off at the Topsfield Fair’s Administration Building (207 Boston St., Topsfield). Entries will be awarded points based on the following categories: Appearance, Aroma and Bouquet, Taste, Aftertaste, and Overall.

In addition to the Amateur Wine Competition, exhibitors can enter the Wine Label Competition. Labels can be hand-drawn or computer generated and will be judged as separate classes. Accepted entries will be judged at the conclusion of the Winemaking Contest and will be displayed at the Topsfield Fair on Oct. 4-14.

A full list of rules, regulations and deadlines for the Winemaking contests and many others can be found by visiting the Topsfield Fair website ( and browsing the Exhibitor’s Handbook section. Any and all additional questions can be directed to the Topsfield Fair staff via phone (978-887-5000) or email (

Discounted advance ticket sale at Topsfield Fair

Through Oct. 3, Topsfield Fair discounted advance tickets will be on sale. The discounted advance sale price is $9 per ticket, or $8 per ticket if bought in a bundle over 100. The Topsfield Fair ticket booth will open on Aug. 19 to buy tickets in person, in addition to online and phone orders. This year’s Topsfield Fair will be held from Oct. 4-14.

Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley for NECC fundraiser

Save the date to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover. This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from this NECC signature event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

Tickets are on sale for $35 each. For tickets, call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit For more information or to request communication access, visit Discounts are available for students and groups.

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