For many in Delaware County, autumn officially kicks off with Swarthmore Presbyterian Church’s annual Fall Fair. This Swarthmore staple comes early this year — Saturday, October 1 (rain or shine) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — offering something for every member of the family: awesome shopping, delicious and eclectic food, and fun and games for all ages.
The Fall Fair flea market offers great prices on almost any household item you can imagine, and then some. Books of every genre beckon browsers to McCahan Hall, with special “by the bag” pricing. Jewelry and accessories; furniture both fancy and functional; crystal, silver and china fill Fellowship Hall, and in Loeffler Chapel, the silent auction gives savvy shoppers a chance to win fine antiques and heirlooms with bids that support the church and its programs. Pumpkins and bulbs are in season for shoppers, while the “By Our Hands” booth showcases handmade objects and crafts from members of SPC’s congregation. The toys, games and sporting goods area is a dream for kids with a few dollars to spend.
The Kids’ Zone offers two moon bounces for children both large and small, as well as age-appropriate games for young children through middle school, along with face painting, hair coloring and pumpkin decorating for the season.
If shopping and play make your brood hungry, hit the grill for sausage and peppers and hot dogs. Or how about some oysters, shrimp and crabs? The salad station offers a green alternative, while Kids’ Kuisine is pizza-centered. Start your day with a Scotch egg (come early!), and take home all sorts of baked goods for later.
SPC’s sanctuary will be open for visits and fellowship throughout the fair. Parking is available adjacent to the church at 727 Harvard Avenue, on-street and in the lot opposite the church, and elsewhere in the borough. A SPC bus will provide shuttle service, circulating every 15 minutes between the church and the parking lot at CADES, located at 401 Rutgers Avenue in Swarthmore.
For more information on the Fall Fair and on the church, visit SPC’s website at swarthmorepres.org or call the church office at (610) 543-4712.