Willowtown’s 2013 Spring Fair will take place Saturday, May 18, on Willow Place from noon to 5 p.m. Mark the fair on your calendars and support it. Here are six ways:
1. Be a fair sponsor.
Please make a contribution of $25 or more to the 60-year-old Willowtown Association and thereby become a fair sponsor. Contributions are tax-deductible. You’ll be listed in the fair journal containing the Willowtown Walking Tour Guide. The association’s mission is to deal with issues impacting the quality of life for the residents and serve as their collective voice and advocate. We support the beautification and preservation of the neighborhood and such entities as Mickel’s Garden on Columbia Place and the A.T. White Community Center on Willow Place.
Make checks payable to the Willowtown Association and send them to the fair’s general coordinators as indicated below.
2. Place an ad in the fair journal.
The fair journal is offered at the welcome table to all attendees. Its Walking Tour Guide notes the many historic features of our fine neighborhood. If you have a business or service or would like simply to convey a message or an “In Memoriam” for a loved one, please buy an ad. Special full-page ads are $150; standard full-page ads, $100; and half-page ads, $50. Again, the cost is tax-deductible.
Place ads by May 9, 2013, with either of the general coordinators again as indicated below. Make checks payable to the Willowtown Association.
3. Donate items for our silent auction featuring local talent and/or home-baked goods.
The fair includes a silent auction to which residents are asked especially to share their expertise–computer know-how, interior design, cooking, gardening, photography, editing, babysitting or any other service you can offer. Collectibles; tickets to the theater, concerts or sports events; and stays in second homes are other items sought.
Please contact either of the fair’s general coordinators or Elise Pettus of the fair planning committee at email@example.com about what you want to give.
4. Set up a table or sponsor one.
Our hope is to cover the block with tables offering donated secondhand articles, antiques, books, records, artwork, plants, an advocacy cause and any other possibility you may think of. The fee for a table selling something is $25 and for a cause, $10. These fees are payable in advance.
Again, please contact either of the general coordinators about your donations or having a table.
5. Volunteer to help on fair day, May 18.
Helping hands are much needed on the day of the fair for such tasks as decorating Willow Place with balloons, setting tables in place and assisting at the tables and with the standing games and races. Indicate how you can help by contacting the general coordinators.
6. Spread the word–and attend!
So…spread the word far and wide to your relatives and friends about the Spring Fair. Do your part to make the 2013 fair Willowtown’s best and most welcoming ever!
The general coordinators are:
+ Ben Bankson, 14 Willow Place, Brooklyn NY 11201; 718-237-0339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Linda De Rosa, 47 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201; 718-330-9113 or email@example.com
On behalf of the board of the Willowtown Association, I express our heartfelt thanks to all who supported Willowtown’s 2012 Spring Fair last May 19 as sponsors, advertisers in the fair journal, donors of silent auction items or attendees.
“Great vibe,” “nice community spirit,” “terrific” and “wonderful music” were some of the enthusiastic comments about the fair that included the dedication of trees on Columbia Place and State Street to beloved neighbors Caroline Palestino, 1919-2011, and Mary Merz, 1926-2011.
The Spring Fair is the association’s primary fund-raising vehicle. We were pleased to realize a gain of more than $4,000 for our treasury. This money goes to such causes as neighborhood beautification. Here our plans include a needed exterior lighting scheme for the Alfred T. White Community Center on Willow Place
The journal published for the fair contains the latest version of the walking tour of our historic neighborhood. If you want a copy for yourself or to give to your friends and guests, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our community-building fair, the Willowtown Association has each fall a potluck dinner combined with our annual meeting. The 2012 dinner is set for Wednesday evening, November 14, at the A. T. White Center starting at 7 o’clock with a reception. We will again present our Alfred Award in recognition of a Willowtown resident who has made a notable contribution to the immediate or wider community. Please put the dinner on your calendar and plan to attend–as well as invite newcomers to Willowtown.
Our hardworking fair committee has already begun to share some exciting ideas for next year’s Spring Fair. It will take place on Saturday, May 18, again on Willow Place. We aim to make it better than ever and hope we can again count on your support.
Ben Bankson, President
Members of Willowtown’s Spring Fair Committee are, from left, front row, Elise Pettus, Bill Newbury, Clare Brew, Linda De Rosa and Libby Cooper; and back row, Jeffery Streem and Ben Bankson.
WILLOWTOWN’S 2013 SPRING FAIR