Grace Cottage VIRTUAL Hospital Fair Day
70 years ago, a tradition began that has been vital to Grace Cottage’s patient care. The first Hospital Fair Day was held on Saturday, August 5, 1950, organized by the Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, with a healthy mix of fun, fellowship, and fundraising.
Thanks to the love, loyalty, and dedication of so many volunteers and fairgoers over the years, Grace Cottage still strives to provide excellent medical care for the community. Grace Cottage relies on the proceeds from this annual event, which now averages $50,000 each year.
How You Can Help
Hospital Fair Day allows Grace Cottage to make capital improvements and to buy much-needed equipment. During the past two years, Hospital Fair Day funds went toward the purchase and installation of a generator for the clinic to keep services running during power outages, and a new air-handling system for the hospital.
This year, Hospital Fair Day funds will help us buy new technologically advanced Stryker hospital beds — important for the safety and comfort of our patients and easier for their caregivers to adjust and move.
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Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day Goes On! — Virtually
No, we can’t gather on the Townshend Common this year, but the 70th Annual Hospital Fair Day WILL go on, with some of the traditional elements intact. We hope you’ll reminisce with us, bid in the auction, buy a t-shirt, try Fair Day recipes, and most importantly, help us raise crucial funds for Grace Cottage.
Visit our Online Hospital Fair Day Auction and register to bid on unique and exciting items. We’ll be adding new items from now until bidding begins on Monday, July 27. Bidding will end the following Monday, August 3. Bid to win jewelry, art, chainsaws, a brand new gazebo (delivered within 50 miles of Townshend), cords of wood, gift certificates, and much more. We know it’s not the same as having Auctioneer-Extraordinaire Kit Martin at the front of the tent, but it will keep us all safe.
We’ll also be selling 70th Hospital Fair Day t-shirts and hats at Messenger Valley Pharmacy or online. And we hope you’ll consider a donation to help us reach our ambitious $40,000 goal.
Thank you for supporting the 70th Annual Hospital Fair Day!
Eileen Fahey, Hospital Fair Day Chairperson
Andrea Seaton, Grace Cottage Foundation
Grace Cottage Babies
If you were born at Grace Cottage, send us a current picture and tell us your birth year, and we’ll add you to our virtual Birthday Baby Parade with our beloved Stork (don’t tell anyone, but it’s Dr. Timothy Shafer!)
Hospital Fair Day Recipes
- Curried Red Lentil Salad
- Gazpacho Recipe
- Vermont Salad Dressing
- Beer Bread
- Sue’s Lemonade
- Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce
- Bok Choy Salad
- Diane’s Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Pesto Pasta Salad
Get your crayons out — it’s coloring time. Click on any of the special Hospital Fair Day coloring pages to the right, and print the page to color offline.
We want to reminisce with you. We’re posting videos and photos of past Fairs. If you have photos or videos from past Hospital Fair Days that you’d like to share, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add them to the album.