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Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Carries On in the Weitz Center

November 21, 2013
By Scarlet Park '16

Carleton College’s annual holiday Craft and Custodial Bake Sale will take place on Friday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, including wool mittens, garden art, wreaths, rugs, alpaca products, jewelry, afghans, purses, aprons, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. Each vendor’s entrance fee will be donated to the Carleton College Custodial Scholarship Fund. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.

Coffee and pastries will be available for sale with the proceeds going to the Custodial Scholarship Fund. Stop by early, the supply is limited! These items are given as a donation to the cause by the Bon Appétit Catering Company.   

Long-time Carleton employee Loretta Springer first organized this event in 1982, as a way to showcase and sell homemade items made by Carleton staff. Last year, over 65 vendors participated in the event, from Carleton as well as the greater Northfield community, offering a wide range of apparel, crafts, accessories, and more. The fundraiser also continues to serve as a fun way to demonstrate the wide-range of hobbies and crafts engaged in by Carleton staff and community members.

The Carleton College Custodial Scholarship Fund was established by Carleton custodian Pat Flynn in 1993. Over three-quarters of the custodial staff at Carleton donate back a portion of each paycheck to help fund an endowed scholarship given each year to at least one Carleton student. In 1997, Flynn organized the first annual bake sale in partnership with the craft sale to help raise money for the Scholarship Fund; in 2011, there were $1,388 in baked goods sold and the craft fair raised $1,085 in tabling fees for a total raised of $2,473.

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The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 East Third Street in Northfield.

For more information on the event, or if interested in participating as a vendor at the sale, please contact Loretta Springer at (507) 222-4186 or Patti Sabrowski at (507) 222-4739. The cost for members of the Carleton community is $10, and $20 for non-Carleton participants; fees will be donated to the Custodial Scholarship Fund.