The Co-Chairs of May Fair wish to thank the members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for all of their support on our 66th annual event. The approval by the Vestry for the expansion of May Fair by an extra four hours for
“Friday Night Lights” was met with resounding success and one we hope to continue it in the future. It didn’t hurt to have the most beautiful evening of 2015 as the backdrop, but the fairgrounds were truly transformed into a glittering “city on the hill that cannot be hidden” [Matthew 5:14-16], proven positive by the New Canaan children and families who came out in droves.
May Fair is the celebration of the St. Mark’s community reaching out to the Town of New Canaan, and other communities, not only on the day of the Fair, but all year long through our outreach programs funded by May Fair proceeds. The preliminary figure of gross revenue raised on May 8-9, 2015 was over $270,000. Friday Night Lights reduced Saturday’s attendance only slightly, but still helped propel us to an increase in gross revenue of more than $50,000 over last year. When the bills are paid, the net amount should provide our Outreach Committee with adequate funds to support local charitable groups and initiatives.
This event could not have happened without the coordinated efforts of Town Hall, including: the Health-, Highway-, Public Works-, Police- departments; CERT; the New Canaan Volunteer Firemen and Ambulance Corp.; the State Highway Dept.; the Chamber of Commerce; St. Aloysius, First Presbyterian, St. Michael’s, and the New Canaan Nature Center, who offered parking; and GetAbout; and Future 5, SLOBs and National Charity League, all of whom provided volunteers in record numbers. The School of Rock offered a stage and sound system, creating a new dimension to May Fair and a showcase for gifted local performers of all ages, including members of St. Mark’s. The New Canaan Dance Academy gave an amazing performance. Pivot Ministries of Bridgeport not only provided the muscle to move furniture and clean-up the grounds all day, but also offered everyone beautiful, spiritually uplifting gospel music. The Holy Smokers worked their magic once again by turning pork and beef into savory sandwiches, while a small army of cooks in the Food Court prepared corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken, lemonade, and drinks. To the folks who spent countless hours collecting donations throughout the year—sorting, pricing and stacking tents (and rooms) full-to-overflowing with books, toys, outdoor/indoor equipment, furniture, home goods, fine items and jewelry—your passion to provide quality used goods at very reasonable prices is beyond measure.
And finally, to the 500+ volunteers that make May Fair such a wonderful tradition toward building a “greater community” in our little town, and help to mark the start of spring in New Canaan, we thank you and may God bless you all.
Steve Lamoreaux and Mark Thorsheim
2015 May Fair Co-Chairs