Sunday, August 05, 2012
" The Saturday Market Fairs remained part of the morning ritual on the village green for almost 20 years. Table sellers, as they were known, who displayed their items for sale , would fold up their tables and store them for the week in an area behind the Woodstock Village Inn. ( a.k.a. FreeStyle Realty Building) At some point in the 1940's Mrs. Mary Terwilliger, a member of Christ's Lutheran Church began managing the Saturday Market Fairs. Shortly after, members of the Dutch Reformed Church decided that the village green was no longer to be used for the popular Saturday fairs." Excerpt from American Tapestry, the Mowers of Maple Lane by Janine Fallon Mower, 2007.
" As the year 1917 came to a close, all attention in Woodstock and the world turned to what became known as the war to end all wars. Ethel Peets, a member of the Woodstock Club, developed the idea of holding a street fair, similar to those in Europe, in the center of the village. Her aim was to raise money for the Red Cross. She enlisted the help of another club member, Marion Eames, and they set about gathering a group of volunteer workers to run the street fair. The first market fair was held on a Saturday morning in 1918, on the village green, opposite the Dutch Reformed Church. It was managed by Ethel Peets and Mrs. Chase, mother of Rhoda Chase." Excerpt from American Tapestry, the Mower's of Maple Lane. Janine Fallon Mower 2007