Holly Fair looks to bring holiday cheer


“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…”

If those words sound familiar, they’re meant to do to just that, ’cause Santa Claus is indeed coming to town.

In fact, Jolly Old Saint Nick, who can been seen on Mercedes Benz commercials and just about every other place on the planet these days, will make a special visit to Cherry Hill Saturday.

“We’re all excited,” said Melissa Patrone, one of many parents who has helped plan and coordinate the Johnston High School-PTSO (Parent, Teacher, and Student Organization) that will hold its 8th Annual Holly Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Santa is always a huge hit at our fair.”

The same holds true for the many vendors – those who have set up shop for the day before and new ones – that have Patrone’s Pals, the all volunteer PTSO organizing committee, excited for what promises to be a great holiday presentation.

“This year has already created a lot of excitement,” Patrone said. “The students [at JHS] have been in full planning and they’re all excited about being part of the Holly Fair.”

Saturday’s seven-hour Holly Fair will be a shopper’s bargain and will all take place inside the JHS Cafeteria, located in the back of Johnston High School off Atwood Avenue, that students and adult volunteers will have looking like a Winter Wonderland, replete with a special chair for Santa Claus who will offer to take pictures with people’s children.

“Please,” Patrone requested, “spread the word to family and friends about our Holly Fair. This will be a great place to start your holiday shopping. It’s the ideal spot to purchase that special gift for a teacher, co-worker, mailman, and of course family members.”

Patrone, who wanted it known that Lori Agnew and Debbie McHale are also coordinating this year’s Holly Fair, and her committee members have issued a town wide invitation for people to stop by and shop Saturday and get a first hand look at Santa Claus who is always a huge hit at any pre Christmas event.

“We’ll have something fort everyone,” Patrone predicted about the Holly Fair, which still has limited space for vendors. Those who’d like to showcase their wares should call Patrone at 576-1075; Agnew at 965-6332; or McHale at 952-4607.


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