The Jamestown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 58th annual AAUW What's New Fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., respectively, at the Hamilton Collegiate Center on the Jamestown Community College (JCC) campus in Jamestown. The two-day event features 65 merchants and vendors displaying new products and services in time for the forthcoming holiday season. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for JCC/JBC students with ID, $1 for children 6-12. Children five and under are admitted free. Ample parking is available on the JCC campus. Proceeds from the Fair go to awarding scholarships for JCC and Jamestown Business College (JBC) female graduates who are going on to earn their four-year degrees.
In addition to the large number of merchants, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit each day and be available to chat with children and adults who wish to confide their Christmas wishes. The AAUW organization will feature a table of handmade and other items. The AAUW Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of homemade baked goods ranging from small breads, fudge, pies, candies to cookies. The famous AAUW Gingerbread House supplies attendees with personalized gingerbread men at $2 each or three for $5.
A reduced priced AAUW Jamestown Branch membership of $45.50 will be available at the Fair for a membership through June 30, 2014 (The regular price is $70) Checks and cash will be taken. Prospective members must have a two-year degree or higher to join AAUW.
Merchants and vendors who are participating at the Fair form a variety of businesses and service organizations. They are: 3C's Catering, A.B. Better Alternative/Coffee, Alphabet Art Photography, Arbonne, Avon, Baubles& Bangles, Beckett Custom Stamped metal Designs, Bella Ballerina, Belin Boutique, Bert's Bottles and Bricks, The Cala Lily Yarn and Gift Shop, Candles by Julie,
Carlson's Jewelry/Weeping Willow Gifts, Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners, Chautauqua Miniatures & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe, Discovery Toys, Dove Chocolate, Discovery Toys, DSN Crafty Stuff, Dun Roving Farm Suri Alpaca, Evergreen Outfitters, Fences & Such, GG My Love, Glassworks, Greater Jamestown AM Rotary, Initials Inc., Gustafson's Maple Country USA, Initials Inc., It's Random, Jamestown Audubon Society, Jewels by Park Lane, Joan of Z, Josie's Jewelry, Kniti Griti Works, Kreative Krystal, Lala Designs, Lasting Impressions, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Natural Nomad, Norwex, Origami Owl, PC Pottery, Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories, Peaceful Designs, Primitive Peddler, Quirky Quilters, Radiantly You, Randolph Retail Co & The Pickle Barrel, Sennsations Salon and Day Spa, Sew Sweet Designs, Silpada Designs, Simply Natural Alpaca, The Sugar Shack, Tammarie Design, Tastefully Simple, Trendy Wendy Handbags, Tupperware, Two Sisters Gems, View from Hickory Heights, Vineyard Acres Sugar Shack, Weezy's Korner, Zombie Food Crafts.
AAUW also runs a What's New Fair raffle. Raffle tickets cost $1 per ticket, $5 for seven tickets, or
$10 for 20 tickets. These prizes are available from local merchants, restaurants, cultural and educational organizations: SeeZurh House - $50 gift card; Hare n Hound - $50 gift card; Bemus Inn lunch or breakfast for two; Salon One two gift cards for haircut and style; Fenton Historical Society two family memberships; Cosy Shack, Michele Paterniti four hours of interior design services; Contented Acres B&B two night stay for up to three people; Chautauqua Institution two day and evening passes with parking; Chautauqua Institution Golf Club two Greens fee plus cart; Summer Wind Cruise Brunch Cruise for two; Wanda Lucariello Massage I hour massage; JCC Faculty Student Association Filled JayHawk Duffle Bag; Snap Fitness one month single membership; Roger Tory Peterson Institute family membership; Cala Lily Yarn Shop - $100 Gift Basket; Lakewood Apothecary - $50 Gift Basket; Girton's Flowers and Gifts - $25 gift certificate (two); Urban Cycling one free cycling and two free non-cycling classes; Holly Loft - $10 match certificates; Chautauqua Regional Ballet; Lucille Ball Little Theatre two passes for one performance; Jamestown Concert Association two tickets to concert of choice; Community Music Project; Jamestown Audubon Family Membership; Forte Restaurant - $25 gift card; Bag and String Wine Merchant - $40 Gift Basket; Roberts Nursery - $20 gift certificate.
Door prizes from participating merchants will be given away each hour and the winner must be present to win. In addition to buying sweets at the AAUW Sweet Shoppe or at the What's New Fair Gingerbread House, food is available through the JCC Food Service. They will provide homemade vegetable soup and chili, macaroni and cheese, assorted sandwiches and wraps including chicken salad, tuna salad, Southwestern and Buffalo, side salads, chips, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. For more information about AAUW, go to www.aauw.org , Jamestown-ny.aauw.net, or go to the AAUW Jamestown Branch Facebook page.