Special to the Register
Shoppers at the 50th annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Mark are in for a treat as this year's raffle will feature two big prizes, says Carol Kinelski, one of the organizers.
A $200 gift card donated by Meijer will be the first prize, while second prize will be a log cabin quilt, made by Bette McGivern, 88, of Marengo, Iowa, mother of St. Mark parishioner Coleen Sydor.
The always popular bazaar will take place in the St. Mark Parish Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The church is located on West Main Street at Parrish Avenue.
“When the doors swing open for the bazaar, it will be time for extra special celebration as this will be the 50th Anniversary,” Kinelski said.
The first bazaar took place the weekend of Dec. 7-8, 1963, in a very small building called “Poole Hall” immediately behind the church. It realized a profit of $395. Quilt tickets were sold at 10 cents each or three for 25 cents, Kinelski said.
“Even now, with the rate of inflation, the $200 Meijer gift card and log cabin quilt make the $1 raffle tickets a real bargain,” she said, “especially with two prizes!”
The bazaar will again feature home-made baked goods, including the popular cookie trays, Kinelski said.
“That's a glass plate piled high with delicious cookies, then decorated, which would make such a nice gift or can be used for a holiday party,” she said.
There also will be homemade bread, fruit breads, pies, coffeecakes and candy, plus jam, pickles and salsa, to name just a few and handmade crafts as well.
A silent-auction of an outdoor manger scene, handcrafted by St. Mark parishioner Don Fourre, will also be held.
Grandma's Christmas Shoppe at the bazaar will feature a room full of many new and gently used items and a hall full of artificial Christmas trees, set up and ready for you to take home for easy decorating.
Grandpa's Attic boasts over half of the parish hall gymnasium full of gently-used furniture, books, electrical appliances, toys and many household items.
One shopper, who was filling her third large box of household items was heard to remark, “I wait for this every year,” Kinelski said.
When shoppers grow weary, they can join their family and friends at Anna's Breakfast Nook, where they can feast on breakfast casseroles, muffins, coffeecakes and beverages of their choice, Kinelski said.
For more details, call the church office at 623-2989, Ext. 2001, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.