COEYMANS HOLLOW — For more than six decades, neighbors have been gathering each September at the Lord’s Acre Auction and Fair to enjoy camaraderie and a sense of community.
Held each year at Trinity United Methodist Church on State Route 143 in Coeymans Hollow, the event gives families and neighbors the chance to socialize and find bargains at the same time.
“The church has been holding this event for 62 years,” Pastor Paul Meador said. “We hold this to help support our ministry in general — the food pantry, prayer shawls, youth groups, children’s Christian education. It supports those ministries.”
With the recent natural disasters domestically and globally, there was also a need to lend a helping hand to others far beyond Coeymans Hollow in their time of need.
“This year, we will also be giving a portion to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” Meador said. “Every ear, we pick a different charity. It’s a nice way to bring the community together.”
Vendors selling all kinds of wares — such as books, toys, household items, knick-knacks and furniture — had tables set up, and in the far corner, an area was set aside where auctions were held.
The event was also an opportunity to practice faith. The Rev. Meador had a prayer basket and for anyone who wanted it, he would pray with them for whatever was ailing them.
“I have prayed with people today about cancer, other sicknesses, and for our nation — that people would turn back to God and end divisiveness in the country,” Meador said.
In addition to raising money through vendors’ fees and food sales, raffles were also held.
“Parishioners have put together baskets, many with specific themes — things you could use for a movie night, a baking basket, things like that,” Susan Meador said. “Parishioners also made cakes for the ‘cake walk.’”
Wanda Losee, a member of Trinity UMC, was one of the volunteers who helped out in the kitchen, preparing food and refreshments for the event. She said she was happy to do it.
“People enjoy coming to this, and we enjoy opening our doors to everyone,” Losee said. “It’s an annual thing we like to do, and many people look forward to it each year.”
For vendor Melissa Jegede, of MJ’s Custom Creations, the fair was a chance to reach out to a new base of customers.
“I sell soaps, flowers and wreaths,” Jegede said. “This is our first time here. In fact this is my first craft fair ever, but I am happy to reach out to customers and promote the business.”
This is the fair’s 62nd year.