On the first "really hot" day of spring, Lynne Coll decided she and her lemon beagle Spike needed "some fun and some sun and a place to do some shopping."
They found all of that Saturday at the Wilton Rotary Club's 21st Annual Open Arts & Crafts Show on the Wilton Town Green. Hundreds attended on the sunny, humid day. Nearly 70 vendors set up tents on the green, near the gazebo, some lucky enough to be shielded with shade from nearby trees.
"It's a terrific event. There's plenty of vendors, and Spike is having a good time walking around and making some new doggie friends," said Coll, a Norwalk resident who drove up to the show hoping to find a gift for her father-in-law's upcoming birthday. "Haven't found anything yet," she said. "But I'm still hopeful."
One vendor having a good day was Som Clark of West Granby, who makes personalized macramé bracelets. One woman was so impressed she bought several of the multicolored bracelets after looking over a table with dozens of selections.
"We've been doing this for 20 years on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and we're just happy for the nice weather and turnout," said Richard Kemt, chairman of the crafts fair. "This is one of our major fundraisers that helps us donate between $20,000 and $30,000 to charitable causes in the community."
Kemt said the vendors came from Wilton as well as from other parts of the state, New England and the country. "We have a good mix of artwork, crafts, handmade jewelry and lots of food," he said.
Upcoming Rotary Club fundraisers include a Rose Sale scheduled for June 17, and the annual Carnival, which will be held from Sept. 16 to 18.
For more information on the Rotary, visit its website at www.wiltonrotaryclub.org .
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