NEWBERRY — The Newberry Opera House Guild will welcome more than 40 vendors, lots of sweet treats and fun for the entire family at its second annual A Fair to Remember: Old Tyme Ice Cream Social on March 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newberry Academy Gym.
“This year, we decided to move to Newberry Academy and rather than high tea, we wanted to do something a little different with the food and so we came up with this idea of the Old Tyme Ice Cream Social and vendor fair with speakers,” said Anne Burris, co-president of the Newberry Opera House Guild. “We had around 150 people last year and we hope to have more this year. We have a wider selection of vendors and I think a wider selection of speakers.”
Speakers will include Brian King, who will speak on leadership and authentic manhood and Ramona Moore, an educator and storyteller who will be talking about Native American history related to South Carolina, among other speakers.
Admission for the vendor fair is $10 per person and $5 for students. There will be all you can eat sundaes provided by Prosperity Drug for $5. An Old Tyme Cake and Pie Silent Auction will be held, where the public can bid and take home cakes and pies of their choosing. The cakes and pies auctioned off will be made by Newberry Opera House Guild members.
“This is a big fundraiser for the guild and we hope people come out and support it. We think it’s going to be a fun, informative and enjoyable afternoon and we hope to see a lot of people there,” said Burris. “Ice cream socials are kind of turn-of-the-century and a bit old-fashioned, where you can get scoops and put on your own toppings, and for many of us ice cream is something we east all year round.”
The public will also be helping to raise funds for performing arts in Newberry.
“The Guild has a wonderful reputation for cooking and baking and that in addition to offering ice cream for an all you can eat option for five dollars is wonderful. It’s on a Saturday afternoon, so you can take the children and come for a minimal amount of money and have an all you can eat sundae bar as well as parents strolling through vendors and also hearing about leadership and even some Native American History,” said Laurel Gustafson, also co-president of the Newberry Opera House Guild.
Vendors will include Schwantes Pottery, The Classy Cruet-Olive Oils and Vinegar’s, Me and My Man’s Metal Smithing, LuLaRoe and more. There is still room to become a vendor, although space is limited. Those interested should go to the Newberry Opera House Guild’s website and fill out the vendor form and return it to the Newberry Opera House at 1201 McKibben St.
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