Bayside's Favorite Christmas Fair
Saturday December 1, 2018 9am-4pm
Many churches have Christmas fairs, but few, if any, can boast a tradition that goes back 77 years!
Held on the first weekend of December, the Holly Bazaar is All Saints’ signature annual fund (and fun) raiser. In addition to hosting vendors of new and attractive items ranging from handcrafted jewelry to stained glass to festive socks, the Bazaar is a showcase for the talents of several groups in the parish. Our “Crafty Ladies” make a variety of decorative items. Our (unofficial) men’s fellowship don their aprons and create breakfast and lunch at the “St.Nicholas Cafe.” Another group offers quick-selling homemade baked goods and desserts. Members of the Altar Guild see to it that there are plenty of Christmas plants and greenery available, but you have to come early to purchase one of the beautifully decorated live wreaths!
The ladies who take care of our Thrift Shop throughout the year have charge of two of the more popular booths at the Bazaar. The first is the Estate Jewelry booth where lovely items may be had at bargain prices. It is the bargain prices that draw many people to the second booth (actually a large room!) known as “Elsie’s Corner.” It is the “white elephant” room where one can find nearly anything.
The Holly Bazaar is an event for all ages, so it is important to note that the children have not been forgotten. In “Teddy’s Room” (named for the young boy who created the idea)kids can do Christmas crafts, buy gifts at piggy bank friendly prices, or just hang around and enjoy Christmas video while Mom and Dad do the grown-up things.
We have a special visitor from the North Pole every year who loves to have his picture taken with “kids from one to ninety two” throughout the day.
The Bazaar concludes with a festive luncheon and silent auction on the following day. The last event of the Bazaar is the awarding of the beautiful raffle baskets and the $500 Grand Prize
As you can see, the Holly Bazaar is a major undertaking, but the parish enjoys working on the projects together. There is always room for more hands and more ideas. If you would like to find out more or volunteer, simply call the church office or speak to Tom Ramsay.