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Spirit of Shrewsbury Plans Taking Shape

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – What’s the word on the street? We’ve heard the latest buzz that the Spirit of Shrewsbury bug is catchy! It has been caught by people of all ages. The Spirit of Shrewsbury, the excitement of the weekend is reaching its peak from September 27-29. People of all ages are getting into the spirit. Take a look at the schedule of events on www.spiritofshrewsbury.com. There’s a lot of excitement brewing. Here’s a glimpse of a few events that will be happening on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Craft Fair is gearing up. The cafeteria and gym will be full of crafters and artisans selling their unique, homemade items from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 28. Visitors will be seeing such items as ceramics, purses and totes, pillows, hats, mittens, Christmas decorations, crystal bead items, potholders, canvas bags, metal jewelry, baby blankets, shawls, greeting cards, name trains, children’s sweaters, handcrafted jewelry, glassware, wood cuts, wall décor, crochet items, teddy bears, painted magnets, Halloween decorations, napkin rings, wine bottle covers, lanterns, soaps, fine arts, candies, seashell ornaments, granite cutting boards, rolling pins, honey items, afghans, tile, handcrafted furniture, aprons, finger puppets, stuffed animals, prints, calendars, notecards, Native American bead weaving, paintings, wooden bowls and birdhouses, and chocolate products. Chairperson, Shilpa Deochakke said that spaces are filling up to capacity. Her enthusiastic committee and teenage helpers will be on hand to welcome over 72 vendors to the craft fair. Entrance is through the front of Oak Middle School or the rear parking lot outside the gym. For questions about the craft fair, call Shilpa at 978-937-9522 or sdeochakke@yahoo.com. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPT. 15 and a few spaces are still available. Go to the website to download the application.

Outside the Oak Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 am to 4 pm will be the Oak Street Expo. Look for the big tent where you’ll find businesses, organizations, churches, education and civic groups informing the public about their mission. There is no registration fee for a non-profit, however, for a business there is a $125 non-refundable registration fee required. If you would like to be under the tent, there is a $50 fee for both non-profits and businesses. If you need more than a 10’ x 10’ space, there will be an extra charge of $125 for both non-profits and businesses. Read more details on the application form which is available on the website. For questions, contact Sabina Terrades at 508-845-5032 or sterrades@hotmail.com.

On Sunday, September 29, the Parade will be stepping off at 1 pm. The parade route is 1.1 miles from Beal School to Oak Middle School. If you’ve been debating whether to be in the parade, here are five good reasons why you should consider being in the parade: it’s a lot of fun; you get to catch the Spirit of Shrewsbury with others; the parade brings camaraderie among marchers; you get to be a part of the energetic sea of floats, vibrant bands, grandeur of Lucille Ball’s 1959 red Cadillac convertible, and the craziness of the Shriners’ mini cars. All this, plus you’ll be seeing a robot, an antique fire engine, boats, cars, vans and trucks…Have you caught the spirit yet? Don’t watch the parade—be the parade; and finally, the parade provides FREE ADVERTISING for your business…Still waiting to catch the spirit, the Spirit of Shrewsbury? Join the parade and catch the excitement. Go to www.spiritofshrewsbury.com to see the schedule of events. While you’re there, download the parade registration form and send it to Sue at sfalzoi@townisp.com. PARADE DEADLINE IS AUGUST 28.

The newcomer to the festivities is The Shrewsbury Family Fun and Fitness Day. This event will take place in front of Oak Middle School on Sunday, September 29, from noon to 4 pm. Melissa Montana, chairperson, said that the goal of the event is to show families the benefits of staying active while enjoying an afternoon of fun, fitness and games. There will be something for all ages. Families will enjoy a DJ and live musical performances, dancing games, moonwalks, gymnastics, bike riding, karate, rock climbing, arts and crafts, skateboarding, open games of dodgeball and a lot more. See how many fun ways you can stay active with your family!

This is just a sampling of what’s in store during the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival. Be sure to visit www.spiritofshrewsbury.com for a complete schedule of events. We hope you’ll catch the spirit…The Spirit of Shrewsbury!

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