MATTAPOISETT — The town Lion Club’s Harbor Days 2017 was a success even before Saturday’s signature Craft Fair on Shipyard Park.
Outgoing Mattapoisett Lions Club President Kimberly Ray said this year’s week-long event raised $10,000 in corporate sponsorships alone, with the companies that contributed earning the honor of being listed on the large sponsorship board next to the park gazebo. Its new Paint Night event on July 13 drew 65 participants. Its Mattapoisett Town Band Concert and Famous Lion’s Famous Strawberry Shortcake evening on July 13 sold 430 shortcakes and drew a line out into the park, despite the stormy weather that night.
The event, which started in 1972 and serves as the club’s main yearly fundraiser, attracts over 10,000 visitors and over 100 vendors every year, Ray said. The club, as a result, is able to donate 100 percent of its net proceeds to its own local causes and to International and state Lions Club charities that include the funding of eye research.
Locally, the club uses the money to contribute to local charities and help town residents in need, such as by providing them with eyeglasses and hearing aids. The money has also helped the town construct The Shipyard Park gazebo, the picnic tables at the town beach and Ned’s Point and the Center School tennis courts.
Ray Covil, a Mattapoisett Lions Club member since 1959, likes a lot of things about being a Lion and helping with Harbor Days. “People come back to town every year for this,” he said. “People wait all year for this event. I’ve met a lot of great people, made a lot of friends. And we’re working to make money for the different, important activities of the International and local Lions Clubs.”
Lisa Binda and her business partner Jaci Barnett, who are also Lions Club members, have run their “Gotta Have It” furniture and gift shop booth at the Harbor Days Craft Fair for 15 years. “We’re known for having the lowest prices,” she noted proudly, “which is one of the ways we serve our community. As Lions Club members, we’ve helped build a ramp for a home-bound woman. We delivered food and cat food and other necessary, donated items to victims of Hurricane Sandy. We feel this is all part of what Lions do.”
Hoyt Hottel has opened his “Rocky MT Glassblowing” booth at the craft fair for 30 years. He sells his own oil and acrylic paintings as well as artistic glass.
Born, raised and educated in Mattapoisett, he said he…