An Update on May Fair 2020
Dear Fellow St. Mark’s Parishioners, May Fair Volunteers, Vendors and Patrons:
We are writing to tell you what you probably already suspect would surely be the case. St. Mark’s May Fair, scheduled for May 8-9, 2020, cannot go on.
We want you to know that while this decision has a significant adverse impact on hundreds of people, it was not a difficult decision to make. The right path is easy to discern here and we are acting out of the love of our Lord Jesus for the greater good of our community.
But no one should underestimate the significant adverse impact – spiritual, financial and social – that cancelling May Fair will have. Your May Fair co-chairs and St. Mark’s lay and professional leadership have considered this carefully. We understand the financial pain to our principal vendors at the fair (and their employees) and to our own outreach offerings, particularly the effect on those dozen or more outside organizations that rely on funds from our St. Mark’s Outreach grants. In the coming months we will work to discern means by which we might make up for some of these hardships, especially to our Grant recipients. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven”- Ecclesiastes 3. 1.
But May Fair is so much more than grants to deserving non-profits. It is a vessel for the building up of the Body of Christ within St. Mark’s and well beyond into New Canaan and the communities surrounding us. Our volunteers, many who are not St. Mark’s parishioners, come together to imagine, create and produce a 24-hour event the likes of which are incomparable in scope and intensity. We thank you all. You are the life-blood of May Fair. We also thank our many vendors who provide midway rides, food, tents, tables and other essentials without which we could not operate. No less appreciated are all the members of the New Canaan community who donate the wonderful household furniture, toys, games, sporting equipment, outdoor furniture, fine jewelry, books and other collectibles that make the White Elephant possible. And most of all we thank the thousands and thousands of people who come to May Fair every year, rain or shine, to enjoy the wonderful rides, good food, fellowship and tag sale treasures on offer.
We will miss you all this year and look forward to seeing you next year at May Fair 2021, the Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8, 2021.
May God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference—The Reverend Reinhold Niebuhr
Peace and blessings,
George Wright & Kit Devereaux
May Fair co-chairs