The Country Fair and Auction at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness is a tradition going back over fifty years. It began as a church dinner hosted at a parishioner’s home in Copake. The dinner was held for several summers and then, due to its success, was moved to the church grounds in Copake Falls.
The church campus is surrounded by Taconic State Park and is on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The 1852 Church was designed by Richard Upjohn, architect of Trinity Church on Wall Street, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Country Fair features a snack bar, salad bar, bake sale, linen shop, book sale, garden shop, boutique, children’s activities and the Auction itself.
The Auction has a wide variety of items donated by friends of the church including artwork, household items and furniture — from simple furniture for those setting up housekeeping to beautiful heirlooms, many of which have been lovingly restored. Click on the links above to see some of this year’s auction items.
This great tradition is St. John’s major annual operating fund raiser and is a lively and fun event for the community of Copake Falls and the surrounding Roe Jan region. Every year it attracts guests who regard it as an integral part of their summer activities.
Join us in Copake Falls on Saturday, July 9. The Fair opens at 10:00 am and the Auction begins at 11:00 am.