SHORE will be taking the reins of the Scituate High School Community Service Club Craft Fair starting this year.

Laurie Schneider, vice president of the SHORE (Scituate High Opportunities & Resources for Education) Board, said the organization is “thrilled” to be stepping in, especially where revenue from concession sales has been lost this year due to the renovation of the playing fields at the high school.

The group is taking over the craft fair from the SHS Community Service Club. The new name of the fair will be the Scituate High Community Arts & Crafts Fair.

“The SHORE board discussed taking over the crafts fair and thought it would be a good idea for us all,” Schneider said, adding SHORE would be expanding the fair. “Kerri Hallihan, a SHS Math teacher, has run the fair for the Community Service Club for years and is handing over a well-oiled machine to us. She is working alongside us this year to ensure a seamless transition.”

SHORE is a parent group at the high school that is similar to a PTO, but which raises money and gives out grants twice per year.

The group has awarded a variety of grants, all directly benefitting SHS students, including adventure/climbing equipment for PE classes; the Senior Café; equipment and technology for the Scituation journalism program; a boat for the SHS Sailing Team; equipment and technology for the engineering and science programs; pottery wheels for the art program; a Pearl Concert bass drum; and numerous items for different sports programs.

“SHORE has been operating since 1990 and has given out over $1million to directly benefit the students at SHS,” Schneider said.

According to Hallihan, SHORE has supported the service trip from the beginning.

“We asked them for a grant to help us get the service trip started, and they gave us a grant,” she said. “I haven't forgotten that generosity and support, especially considering the hurdles of planning such a trip. When I made the decision to discontinue the service trip, and its fundraisers, I knew that the craft fair couldn't simply stop. It had momentum, excitement, and a loyal following. I was pleased to have SHORE accept the offer to take it over and felt that the event would be in excellent hands.”

Hallihan started the craft fair as a fundraiser for the SHS International Service trip in 2010 as a means to offset travel costs – to Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala, depending on the year.

“I honestly so look forward to this event every year,” she said of the craft fair. “I've worked hard to make it an event that serves all involved. The optional entry fee at the door supports the food pantry, while the vendors support a worthy organization with their booth fee. The locals who shop have access to pieces made by talented local artisans. The children who visit get to see local talent and create their own artwork. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness about numerous local businesses.”

In addition to the students being able to see local talent and get to know the local business owners, they also learned the fine details of event planning, Hallihan said.

“They were involved in every step of the process and participated in every aspect of planning,” she said. “I also worked closely with Judy Rossman, a Scituate potter, who coached me through the process of designing the craft fair. Her insight was invaluable.”

Hallihan extends her sincere “thanks” to the wonderful Scituate residents who supported 10 years of incredibly powerful service trips – nine abroad, and one domestic.

The craft fair 

The Scituate High Community Arts & Crafts Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in both the large and small gymnasiums at Scituate High School, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A).

“St. Luke’s Harvest Fair is also the same day so people can make a day of it and attend both fairs,” Schneider said.

There will be over 80 talented vendors at the crafts fair, as well as an extensive raffle table.

“The items for sale are of the highest quality and all handmade,” Hallihan said. “There will also be a kids’ table where children will have an opportunity to create their own artistic masterpieces.”

Chef’s Table will be there so that people can shop and then stay for lunch.

“We encourage people to bring items for the Scituate Food Pantry,” Schneider said.

For more information on SHORE visit shore.home.blog. For information on the Scituate High Community Arts & Crafts Fair you can find them on Facebook.

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