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American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The Jamestown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its
60th annual AAUW What’s New Fair on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd from 10 am-5 pm and 10 am-4 pm, respectively, at the Hamilton Collegiate Center on the Jamestown Community College (JCC) campus in Jamestown. The two day event features 70 merchants and vendors displaying new products and services in time for the forthcoming holiday season. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for JCC/JBC students with ID, $1 for children 6-12. Children five and under are admitted free. Ample parking is available on the JCC campus. Proceeds from the Fair go to awarding scholarships for JCC and Jamestown Business College (JBC) female graduates who are going on to earn their four year degrees.
In addition to the large number of merchants, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit each day and be available to chat with children and adults who wish to confide their Christmas wishes. The AAUW organization will feature a table of handmade and other items. The AAUW Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of homemade baked goods ranging from small breads, fudge, pies, and candies to cookies. The famous AAUW Gingerbread House supplies attendees with personalized gingerbread men at $2 each or 3 for $5.
A reduced priced AAUW Jamestown Branch membership of $45.50 will be available at the Fair for a membership through June 30, 2015 (The regular price is $70.). Checks and cash will be accepted. Prospective members must have a two year degree or higher to join AAUW.
Merchants and vendors who are participating at the Fair form a variety of businesses and service organizations. They are to date: AB Better Alternatives; Alphabet Art Designs; Avon; Baubles & Bangles; Bert’s Bottles and Bricks; Blue Mermaid Studio; 3 C’s Catering; Cala Lily Yarn Shop; Candles By Julie; Discovery Toys; DSN Crafty Stuff; Dun Roving Farm Alpaca Store; Evergreen Outfitters; GG My Love; Glasswerks; Gustafson’s Maple Country USA; Hand Made with Love Designs; Jamberry Nails; Jamestown AM Rotary; Jewels by Park Lane; Joan of Z; Kniti Griti Works;
LaLa Designs; Lasting Impressions; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Meme’s Sewing Room; Norwex; Oleta’s Home Decor/OH Designs; Paparazzi Jewelry; PC Pottery; Peaceful Designs; Randolph Retail Company; Rodan + Fields; Simply Jewelry; Sew Sweet Designs; Shades Etc.; Silpada Designs; Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop; Sugar Plum Fairy Soap/Color Wise Owls; Sugar Shack; Tastefully Simple; Thirty-One; Trendy Wendy Handbags; Tupperware & A and M Creations; View from Hictory Heights.
AAUW also runs a What’s New Fair raffle. Raffle tickets cost $1 per ticket, $5 for 7 tickets, or $10 for 20 tickets. These prizes are available from local merchants, restaurants, cultural and educational organizations. Winners do not have to be present to win. Some of the prizes: A choice of personal training OR fitness classes from MOVE Fitness Dance Studio; a two night stay at Contented Acres B&B up to three people; North East; two day and evening passes plus parking to Chautauqua Institution; Sunday Brunch Cruise for two on the Summer Wind; 2 one hour massages from Wanda Lucariello Therapeutic Massage; two animal adoption kits from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy; fall silk flower arrangement from Girton’s Flower and Gifts; one NEW six month YMCA membership; one month free access card to SNAP Fitness 24-7; two gift cards for initial acupuncture sessions from Cardinale Acupuncture; 4 tickets to the Nutcracker from Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet; two tickets from the Jamestown Concert Association; 2 tickets from the Community Music Project; 2 gift cards to Salon 1; gift certificates to The Pub, Landmark Restaurant, Hare N’ Hounds Restaurant, Wing City Grill, El Azteca Mexican Restaurant; jewelry from Dirty Pretty Things; 2 Greens fees plus cart from Chautauqua Institution Golf Club; gift baskets from Jamestown Aububon, Calla Lily Yarn and Gift Shop, JCC College Campus Store, Lakewood Apothecary and Natural Health Center, Eight Limbs Wellness Studio, Ryders Cup of WNY, Tina’s Hallmark, the Basket Company.
Door prizes from participating merchants will be given away each hour and the winner must be present to win. In addition to buying sweets at the AAUW Sweet Shoppe or at the What’s New Fair Gingerbread House, food is available through the JCC Food Service. They will sell homemade vegetable soup and chili, macaroni and cheese, assorted sandwiches and wraps including chicken salad, tuna salad, Southwestern and Buffalo, side salads, chips, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. For more information about AAUW, go to www.aauw.org , http:// Jamestown-ny.aauw.net, or go to the AAUW Jamestown Branch Facebook page.