Barton Auxiliary’s 46th annual Holiday Faire returns to St. Teresa Grace Hall |

Barton Auxiliary’s 46th annual Holiday Faire returns to St. Teresa Grace Hall

Autumn Whitney
Attendees at the 2015 Holiday Faire peruse items. Barton Auxiliary's 46th annual event returns on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Courtesy / Larry Coffman |

‘Tis the season of giving. On Sunday, Nov. 13, head to St. Teresa Grace Hall for the 46th annual Holiday Faire, a festive event for both community members and visitors. Throughout the course of the year, employees from The Attic Thrift Store have set aside the best items to bring out for this one-day, once-a-year event, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sift through jewelry, books, holiday decorations, winter clothing, antiques and more in search of the perfect gift for a loved one. Best yet — all proceeds go towards Barton Health’s efforts to improve community health and wellbeing.

“We usually raise about $11,000 in that six hours.

“We have refreshments for sale, sandwiches, drinks, pie, soft drinks, coffee, water — and you get to visit with everybody in town. Being a small community, everybody knows everybody, which is pretty neat,” Holiday Faire coordinator Larry Coffman said.

In addition to the baked goods and refreshments, attendees are able to purchase Barton Auxiliary’s famous cheese balls. Garlicky, nutty and perfect on any cracker, the snack is a town favorite.

But the event is more than a sale — Santa Claus himself will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Kids can look forward to seeing Santa. He brings Mrs. Claus, gives candy canes to kids and takes pictures,” Coffman said.

Barton Auxiliary was established over 50 years ago, and members help the hospital promote the health and welfare of the community. This is their 46th year of hosting the Holiday Faire, an event met with success in past years.

In 2015, the Auxiliary raised $280,850.99 from various fundraisers throughout the year, and all money goes back to the community.

“The Auxiliary works very hard to raise funds every year and within the hospital they determine where it’s best needed,” Barton Health communications specialist Molly Coolidge said.

The Holiday Faire is a collaboration between Barton Auxiliary and The Attic Thrift Store. To learn more, visit

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