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Crofton Crafts Fair, a Fall Tradition Disappoints

If this was your first Crofton Craft Fair, you probably loved it, and I don’t want to burst your bubble.  It would probably be a good idea to look at the photos and then just move on to another article. 

Crofton Crafts Fair VisitorsBut this was a big disappointment for me.  I’ve been going to the Crofton Craft Fair since the very first one, back in the 70’s.  The annual fall event, the last Saturday of September, is timed perfectly for buying my mother’s birthday present or doing some early holiday shopping.  The spring event, the last Saturday of April, always provides an opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day present.  It is one of those annual traditions that I always brag about to newcomers relocating to the Baltimore-Washington area, when I tell them about living in Crofton.  Well, the Craft Fair relocated from the Crofton Village Green to Crofton Country Club, last year, and I couldn’t imagine how it would maintain the same ambiance.  It didn’t.

Crofton Scouts Chicken BarbequeWhile many of the vendors were the same, the Crafts Fair seemed more commercial to me and did not have that special community environment I loved.  One thing was the same, though, and that was the Boy Scouts’ chicken cooked outside on an open flame in the parking lot at the Village Green.  That’s something I never missed, rain or shine, even when other obligations kept me from the Crafts Fair occasionally over the years.

Crofton Crafts FairI don’t know who or why made the decision to move the Crofton Crafts Fair from the Crofton Village Green to Crofton Country Club, but I sure would like to see that matter re-considered. 

Whatever inconvenience there might have been for Village Green businesses, surely it was worth it to bring Crofton residents to the area twice a year.  If the organizers wanted more space, they got it, but lost the charm that made this event so special.

The semi-annual Crofton Craft Fairs are fundraising events to benefit local charities, sponsored by the Crofton Town Club.  The purpose of the organization, founded in 1973 as the Crofton Newcomer Club, is to welcome newcomers into the community and promote good fellowship.  In spite of my own personal hang-ups about the change of venue for the Crofton Craft Fair, I really do owe them a huge “Thank You” for all the hard work they invest into this event – and all the fond memories.

Copyright 2007.  All rights reserved.  Margaret Woda

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