May Faire 2017

Images from this year's event...a good time was had by all! (photos courtesy of Kate and Company Photography, the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal and Barbara Bass)

May Faire May 5, 2018

May Faire May 5, 2018

May Faire, a family-friendly event sponsored by the Mathews County Historical Museum, will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the county’s historic court green, according to the museum committee’s event coordinator Nancy Twigg.

This year's event was quite a success, according to Twigg. Her letter to the editor is shown below that was published in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal:


"On behalf of the Mathews County Historical Museum, we would like to thank the people of Mathews and surrounding communities for their support and participation in the inaugural May Faire held on May 6, 2017. The purpose of the community-oriented event was to celebrate spring and the history of Mathews while offering something fun for the family, young and old.

We especially want to thank our generous sponsors: Ocean Products Research Inc., Chesapeake Bank, The Kloke Group, Trudy’s Portable Toilets, DTheatre LLC, Bayside Youth Ballet, Mathews County Economic Development Authority, Haskins Bayside SuperService Center, Bay School Community Arts Center, Roanes Antiques at the Cottage, Forrest Morgan, Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home Inc., Ken Houtz Chevrolet-Buick Inc., Storybound Construction Inc., M&M Building Supply, Mathews Rotary Club, and Grand Rental Station.

Our appreciation also goes to the numerous businesses in Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex counties that placed ads in the event program and/or provided prizes for the contests.
The community support for May Faire was outstanding and a special thank you goes to the Mathews Board of Supervisors, Main Street Committee, Court House Players, Ladies Auxiliary of the Mathews Fire Department, Nancy Welch, Toni Childress, Laurel Byrd, Drew Greve, Gloucester CERT, B.J. Turner, the Junior Beta Club from Thomas Hunter Middle School, Mathews Rotary Club, and the numerous, enthusiastic volunteers who all contributed to the event’s success!

But what is an event without craft and food vendors? So a special shout-out to each of our vendors. Some visitors ate their way through the day’s activities, from funnel cakes at the Mathews Ruritan Club to lunch at the Piankatank Ruritan Club to dessert at Sweet Frogs! Additional cakes and snacks were available from many booths as the Wales Center and the Mathews County Woman’s Club. For shopping​, there was jewelry, pottery, paintings, hand-carved signs, wreaths, iron forged items, plants, antiques, and so much more! There was also live entertainment around every corner!
Again, it was your generosity that has left us amazed, grateful, and inspired. Because of all this enthusiasm​ and phenomenal support we are already looking forward to celebrating Mathews on May 5, 2018!"