THANK YOU! for a very
successful 2016 Old Sloop Fair. You donated generously, you worked hard, you attended in large numbers, and
you bid enthusiastically. As of this writing, the 2016 fair netted some $31,048.20 for the church.
There are a few items yet to be sold, but there are also some expenses yet to
be deducted. The toal is expected to be about $31,000.
If you you would like to receive information about the Old Sloop Fair
by email, please click here. Visit our Facebook page (link below
to see photographs from the 2016 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.