It was a perfect sunny day on Saturday July 16 when Our Lady Queen of Peace Church held its annual summer fair. The sale on both floors and the church parking lot consisted of a yard sale, silent auction, book sale, baked goods and lunch.
“This is our one big fundraiser for the year,” said sales coordinator Martha Barrett.
Most of the profits go to the church maintenance fund. Money is also set aside to donate to local food pantries and other charities throughout the year. However, the main objective this summer is to raise enough to replace the roof of the large church.
“We have active leaks,” Barrett said. She said the roof was put on 15 years ago but a bad batch of shingles has required continual repairs since then. The ocean breeze had also knocked down shingles.
“I think we all needed that sense of community that brings us together for a common goal (fixing the roof),” Mary Pierce said. Pierce has been involved in the church bake sale for over 30 years. “With COVID, you crossed paths on the file, but that was it. So it’s good to be together.
This summer was also the first time since the pandemic that the church had its full sale. Last year, all events were held outdoors due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. The luncheon lobster roll has also made a comeback thanks to a discount offered by Atlantic Edge, according to luncheon organizer Elaine Walsh.
Volunteers reported that business was steady throughout the day. Neil Whitman, who oversaw the garage sale, estimated that they had sold over 60% of their items.
A customer, transferring a large white birdcage to the backseat of his car, declared it the deal of the day.