THANK YOU! for a very
successful 2015 Old Sloop Fair. You donated generously, you worked hard, you attended in large numbers, and
you bid enthusiastically. As of this writing, the 2015 fair netted some $30,138.51 for the church,
just a few dollars shy of last year's record. There
are a few items yet to be sold, and the grand total should be a few hundred dollars more.
Planning has already begin for the 2016 Old Sloop Fair.
Tentatively, the Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, July 10, the Summer Fair events will be on Friday,
July 16 and Saturday, July 17, and the Giant Yard Sale will wrap things up on Saturday, July 24.
Check back at this page when the time gets a
little closer for a final schedule. If you
you would like to receive information about the 2016 Old Sloop Fair
by email, please click
here. Visit our Facebook page (link below) to see photographs from the 2015 and past years' Fairs.
Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and
largest church fairs on the Massachusetts
North Shore. The First Congregational Church
was organized in 1755. The building that is
now the church sanctuary was constructed in
1804 and originally served as the Sandy Bay
meeting house. The tall steeple and white
facade close to the Sandy Bay shoreline
resemble a ship's sail when seen from the
sea, and the nickname "Old Sloop" was
conferred by the fishermen. The steeple
contains the Town Clock. Projects to restore
and preserve this historic building are
financed by Community Preservation Act grants and by contributions from parishioners and townspeople.