Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Fetes and Fairs

Greetings from sunny, hot (yes, you read that right!) Cambridge! At the moment, England is in the grip of a heatwave, with temperatures soaring into the high 80's. To borrow a phrase from The Sun newspaper years ago - Phew, what a scorcher!

I know those of you in the warmer states and Down Under are laughing at what we call hot, but you have to remember that we don't have air conditioning. We're simply not set up for very hot (or very cold, for that matter) weather. Every year, during the heat-wave, we talk about getting a ceiling fan in our bedroom for the three or four days of heat ... by then, of course, the fans have sold out and when we're back to our usual, more temperate weather, we wonder if it's worth it.

The good news about the hot weather is that it's been perfect for our village fete. It's called the Feast and is a week-long festival of music, arts and entertainment, culminating in a traditional fair on the Sunday. Plenty of stalls and fun activities for all the family, and it raises money to be shared out amongst local charities, groups and organisations. Over the past decade, the Feast has given away over £250,000!

This year, our local W.I. (Women's Institute), of which I'm a member, served tea and cakes in the main refreshments' tent. Many of the villagers drop off home-baked cakes and cookies for us to serve - something regular visitors know, so they always stop by for a delicious treat. My cupcakes disappeared very quickly, which was encouraging. And the gorgeous sunny weather meant that everyone was in a happy mood.

It was hard work - we didn't stop from the moment the stall opened until we'd sold that last slice of cake! But we all had a blast.

Does your village or town have a fete or fair? Have you ever got involved with any of the stalls?




8 comments:

Mary Preston said...

We have a carnival in town each spring. It goes for a week or so. The whole town gets involved.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Mary! Great to see you here! That sounds like such fun. One thing I missed when we lived in NJ was going to county and state fairs.

Colleen C. said...

Wow, I had no idea there is no air conditioning over there! I love state and county fairs... so much to see and do! :)

Dana Nussio said...

We have festivals all over Michigan, all with different themes. I am in the car on the way to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, a widely recognized event. It's going to be a hot one too. Up to 94 F. Whew! Your Feast sounds lovely. It's great that proceeds go to charity.

Jane said...

Hello Anna,
I want to sample all those goodies on the table. It seems there are always street fairs here during the summer, but have never been involved. Your missing another heat wave, straight 90s for the next week.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Colleen! Thanks for stopping by! There is aircon in the shops and hotels and offices, but not in people's homes. Honestly, we only need it for about a week every year -- and this is that week!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Dana! So missed seeing you in San Diego! Oh how lovely - I adore art fairs and craft fairs. My favourite was the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC (though honestly, mini-Spoleto was more fun!)

Anna Sugden said...

Hugs, Jane! We used to love going to all the various street fairs when we lived over there - so much delicious food and you'd always find cute crafts. I don't miss the scorching heat and the yucky humidity though ;)

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