Plant Fair Coming on May 18 – Who will be exhibiting their crafts?

May 10, 2024

The First Parish in Bedford will hold its 68th annual plant and craft fair on the Common from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 – rain or shine. There will be lots of plants, music, kids’ activities, baked goods, advice, crafters, and other vendors.  

More than 30 vendors will be on the Common, representing artists and various social causes.

WHAT: First Parish Plant and Craft Fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18
WHERE: Bedford Town Common – 75 The Great Road, Bedford
WHY: Fun family activity to start the spring planting season
WHO: Families, backyard gardeners, and the entire community
COST: Free
More Info:  68th Annual First Parish Plant Fair

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Here is a quick look and description of the vendors who will be exhibiting  on the Common

Ceramics by Dagmar  Hand-crafted ceramics (both stoneware and porcelain) that are made using the wheel as well as hand-building techniques. Offerings will include several spring-themed pieces for your winged garden friends as well as more traditional pottery items.  Dagmar is a Bedford resident and has been a hobby ceramics artist for more than 10 years.
Joyce LamensdorfCreating with clay is fun. It begins with an idea and then wet hands forming clay into a shape, guiding it through a process to the stage of choosing the perfect color/s to glaze the object. Being able to use handmade objects is a token of gratitude to the artist who makes them.
Shahid Budoo Shahid sells handmade Kashmiri shawls, real pashmina, lambs’ wool scarfs. Silk scarfs, custom gold jewelry, silver jewelry, saffron. There is also bee jewelry and shawls. 

Eva’s Little Kitchen
Eva’s Little Kitchen is an eclectic and modern bakery, grab-and-go café, and catering company. They will be serving baked goods as well as coffee and tea.
Silly Goose

Handmade Jewelry 
Silly Goose offers handmade earrings in whimsical designs. Each design is made out of shrink plastic by Audrey, a 7th grader. Stop by her booth and enter to win a custom pair of earrings. 
Ukrainian Cultural Initiative will be representing the Ukrainian Cultural Initiative, a non-profit organization promoting Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian cause. At this fair, they are offering samples of traditional Ukrainian art, such as Petrykivka painting and hot enamel on copper. All proceeds will go to the artists who are living and working in Ukraine now to support art therapy for children and veterans.  
Balcony View Designs
Instagram: @balconyviewdesigns
Balcony View Designs specializes in repurposed jewelry handmade by owner and founder, Lisa Himelman. She has been making jewelry for more than 30 years, establishing her business in 2009. Her one-of-a-kind designs incorporate unique vintage findings, fine metals, and polymer clay.
Bedford Garden Club
The Bedford Garden Club will be selling its new pocket guide, “Native and Invasive Plants of Bedford, Massachusetts, and the Surrounding Area.” Prepared for the home gardener and landscaper, the Guide features 66 perennials, shrubs, and trees native to Massachusetts with great wildlife value and that perform well. The Guide also discusses the 24 most problematic invasive species in the area. 
Naomi Dogan Art Collections
Shop for artwork from Naomi Dogan based on themed collections. Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more. Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Au Moment (pronounced A You Moment) Kathleen Somera-Molina is a neuroscientist moonlighting as a jewelry maker with a passion for combining different materials and techniques. Au Moment (pronounced A You Moment) features handcrafted jewelry and accessories made from polymer clay, resin, Japanese paper, beads, and wire wrapping, made in Bedford.
Cody Flags 
Cody Flags make and sell wooden American, military, police and fire flags of various sizes. Custom and corporate logo flags are also available. The flags can be personalized. 
Jersey Mike’s SubsJersey Mike’s will be selling a variety of subs that are pre made and individually wrapped. They will also have chips, drinks, cookies, and brownies. 
Peter Polesnak
Peter is a scientist by day with a passion for nature and being in the woods in his free time. He trained as a woodturner under Reed Gray and has been selling bowls and art for almost 10 years. He loved taking an outcast from nature (felled trees) and giving them form, function, and flavor. 
Peace Street Soaps
Find handcrafted small-batch, vegan bar soaps, shaving soaps, body creme, and shower scrubs. These are unique products with a range of colors and scents to offer a luxurious lather and bathing experience. 
The Glass Cooperative
The Glass Cooperative is a community of stained glass artists located in Bedford at 80 Loomis St. They will be selling handcrafted unique stained glass items and suncatchers. 
Jai Kaur Healing Arts
Jai Kaur is a licensed and certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Ayurvedic Wellness and Lifestyle Coach, Level II teacher of Kundalini Yoga, and Movement Educator. 
“I am inspired through compassion to offer my skill and experience with more than 30 years of study and practice. I bring it all to the treatment table and to our healing time together.”
Refugee Protection International
Refugee Protection International offers a scalable, community-led model of frontline aid. Their mission is to partner with local NGOs and duty bearers to strengthen protection and self-reliance among urban refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) near conflict zones.
South Sudanese Enrichment for Families
SSEF is a whole-family resource dedicated to South Sudanese who have resettled in Massachusetts. Committed to enhancing strengths, building self-sufficiency, and promoting community, SSEF assists with navigating systems, accessing resources, building skills, and creating opportunities to share South Sudan’s history and distinct cultural heritage.
Jewel Designs by Nadine
Jewel Designs by Nadine – Creative wall art made with jewelry
Tico Art 
Pat Pietrowski
Tico Art will be selling wooden puzzle boxes ,trivets and other wooden home accents.
Diamonds And Dinosaurs
Crystals, Fossils, Tumbled Stones, Sterling Gemstone Jewelry and Unique Gifts from around the World 
Elisa de MeloElisa creates beadable pens as well as badge reels and keychains. 
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