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48th Annual Arts & Crafts fair

ArtsandCraftsFairImageWe are excited to invite you to the 48th Annual Shelton Jaycees Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday June 3rd, 2012. This year’s rain date is on June 10th.

I’m Nikole Lindley and I’ve been recruited by our past event chairman, Kate Jager, to lead this year’s fair. For nearly a half a century, our all volunteer community group has grown this local event into an established community tradition. It is always held on the first Sunday in June on the Huntington Green, kicking off the summer season in Fairfield County.

Our show advertisements will include six professionally designed billboards supplementing over 100 corrugated plastic campaign-style signs placed at major intersections. Print promotion will be in The Connecticut Post, The New Haven Register, The Shelton Weekly and The Huntington Herald in addition to radio & cable TV listings. We’ve even added this new Arts and Crafts Fair Page on our web site and started an Annual Arts & Crafts Fair Facebook page!

We consider diversity the hallmark of our fair and we limit the number of exhibitors in each craft category to 3. Our fair is a juried event and cash prizes are awarded. Please download and print our application and return it to us with a description and a photograph of your work. If you have exhibited with us before, you don’t need to enclose a photograph.

Our best source of new participants has always been word of mouth referrals. We feel our tradition of having a high quality diverse group of exhibitors is very important, so we’re offering past exhibitors a $5 registration rebate if they refer a new (non-jewelry) exhibitor. If the “New” referral is accepted, and is either brand new to our fair or has not exhibited at our fair in over three years, both the past exhibitor and the new referral will receive a $5 registration rebate on the morning of the event!

When referring a new exhibitor you can either photocopy an application, or send them to this web site where they can download their own application . Or you can just have them give us a phone call so we can mail them a paper application. A referral section is on the application.

This year we’re offering our Arts & Crafts Exhibitors an “Early Bird Rate” of $59 when your application is postmarked by March 31st, 2012. To qualify for the regular pre-registered price of $69, your application must be postmarked no later than May 16th, 2012. All Food Vendors must pre-register by May 16th and the fee remains constant at $79. Sending your application in early will help ensure your acceptance.

Please include your check or money order with your application.

Any photos we receive will be returned to you within 10 days along with a confirmation letter. Even if you are not able to participate in 2012, please complete the application and return it to us so we can keep you on our mailing list.

Please send your application to: The Shelton Jaycees Arts and Crafts Fair
P.O. Box 2334, Shelton, CT 06484

The application together with our welcome letter and additional details are available to download and print HERE. If you have any questions, just give me a call any time before 10pm. If you can’t reach me right away, you can also call my good friend and mentor, Past Chairman Kate Jager, at (203) 623-6698. We’re looking forward to another beautiful and profitable day for everyone!


Nikole Lindley, 2012 Arts & Crafts Fair Chairman
(203) 231-0448

2011 Arts & Crafts Fair Results

Thanks to all of our exhibitors, volunteers and the Shelton community, the Jaycees 47th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair was another HUGE success!  Beautiful weather and tons of visitors. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Mark your calendars now! Always the First Sunday in June on the Huntington Green, our 2012 event will be on June 3rd with a rain date on the following Sunday.  Click on the Arts & Crafts Fair tab on our home page for all the details.

Continue reading 2011 Arts & Crafts Fair Results


Sunday March 29th: The Shelton Jaycees, a local non-profit community group, held their Annual Best Pizza in Shelton Open-house.  The event was held at Pinerock Firehouse in Shelton.  Over thirty people helped choose the Best Sausage, Best Pepperoni, Best Veggie, Best Cheese and Best Overall Pizzas.

Ten local Pizza establishments each donated and delivered a pie for each category.  They were delivered in identical generic pizza boxes to hide the identity of the restaurant.  Participants tasted small pieces of each pie and voted for the letter code assigned by a non-judge.

The voting was very close in each of the categories.

  • The Best Sausage Pizza winner was Carmine’s Ristorante Italiano – (203) 922-1233 located at 376 River Rd.
  • The Best Sausage runner up was Villa Pizza and Restaurant – (203) 929-1155 located at 888 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Pepperoni Pizza winner was Vincent’s Italian Restaurant – (203) 929-9104 located at 526 Shelton Ave.
  • The Best Pepperoni runner up was Villa Pizza and Restaurant – (203) 929-1155 located at 888 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Veggie Pizza winner was Giove’s Pizza – 225-6000 located at 494 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Veggie runner up was Porky’s Cafe – (203) 924-4869 located at 50 Center Street
  • The Best Cheese Pizza winner was Antonio’s Pizza – (203) 924-0329 located at 151 Center Street.
  • The Best Cheese runner up was Basil’s Pizza – (203) 926-6848 located at 725 Bridgeport Ave.

The Best Overall Pizza winner was Villa Pizza and Restaurant. They finished a close second in the pepperoni and sausage categories and scored high in the cheese and veggie category to give them the most votes for Best Overall Pizza in Shelton!

For special recognition the project committee members chose:
V Ristorante for Best Toppings (203) 944-7337 located at 706 Bridgeport Ave.
Artan’s Pizza for Best Crust (203) 924-7514 located at 19 Kneen Street.
And Bella Vista Family Restaurant for Best Sauce (203) 924-5935 located at 94 River Rd.

The purpose of the event was to increase the Jaycees visibility in the community and attract new members.  5 prospective members attended and 2 joined that night!  Project Chairperson Sharon Herman said “I’ve attended two of these Jaycees Best Pizza nights before I signed up and joined the Shelton chapter.  This year I ran the event!  There are so many quality pizzas to choose from right here in town.  Shelton, not New Haven should be considered the Pizza Capitol of Connecticut!”

The Jaycees offer opportunities for people 21-40 to meet people and volunteer.  Their purpose is to provide hands on leadership experience and training, over and above what’s available through employers and other organizations.  They run dozens of community events each year and members volunteer as much or as little as they like based on their interest in the event.  Because the membership’s interests are so varied, this creates a huge variety of events.

Their best known project is their Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, always the first Sunday in June, on the Huntington Green.  They also run a very large Car Show & Bazaar at Riverwalk Park at the end of August.  They run fundraising events and support charities like the BGHS Umbrella program for Victims of Domestic Violence.  Members share personal and professional skills at events like an Online Networking Seminar, and a Professional Poker Seminar.  On April 26th they will be running an Earth Day Clean Up along the Farm Mill River on Beard Sawmill Road. Also coming up in April are two American Cancer Society Relay Team donation events. On April 19th there will be a donation drive at Walmart. On April 25th there will be a donation drive at Hula Hanks in New Haven. For details see the calendar section at the Shelton Jaycees home page.

In case you missed it … 2009

This section of our website includes news and details of past events this year. Of course if you really want stay up to speed with all the inside stuff, you need to come to the monthly membership meetings!

If it’s the second Tuesday, well… Membership Meetings are always the second Tuesday of each month, 8PM at the Pinerock Firehouse 722 Longhill Ave. So far in 2009, we’ve had 5 new members join. Welcome new members: Kristian, Sharon, Sarah, Adriana, and Jim L. Monthly meetings are a great way to touch base with new friends and old. Upcoming project reports run about 20 to 30 minutes. Shooting the bull runs about another 15 to 20 minutes after that. Later we usually head out to a nearby pub or restaurant. Guests and prospective members are always welcome!

January 30th & 31st eleven of us attended the CT Jaycees 2008 Year End Convention and Awards Banquet. Melissa, Adriana and Jim Lee were first timers!? Our chapter had a lot to celebrate. Last year we increased our membership nearly 30% and we were the second highest growth chapter in the state. Our chapter was recognized for excellence for hosting the 3rd quarter Region 1 Meeting and we finished the year ranked #5 in the CT Jaycees Parade of Chapters. Nikole Lindley won State Director of the Quarter, Jim Nissen won an Outstanding Local VP award and Kate Jager won the Year-End Outstanding Local President’s award!

January 27th we ran our first of the year, 4th Tuesday Social. A group of 6 members went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner and drinks. Food was hot and the drinks were cold.? Good times all around. The next 4th Tuesday social planned for February is a movie night.

January 14th through the 20th we held a series of New Member Orientation / M-Nights where new members and prospective members were invited to pick a night and join us for dinner. We held the events at Huntington Street Cafe and Panera Bread. Along with the new members from last year, 5 prospective members joined the club. Welcome Kristian, Sharon, Sarah, Adriana & Jim L.!

January 13th we held our first membership meeting of the year. Our new officers were sworn in. Kate Jager as Chairman of the Board & Executive VP, Jim Nissen as President, Melissa Abenante as Community VP, Michael Sheehan as Treasurer, Nikole Lindley as Director and Wendy Holden as Trustee.

We had a hot start on a cold day when on January 4th we held a brainstorming & planning session at Panera Bread. Members chose a bunch of new projects for the 2009 beginning of the year membership survey.