The Congregational Church of Middlebury will hold its 93rd annual Holiday Bazaar, on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
This year’s event is anticipated with an extra measure of enthusiasm for those involved in its planning and preparation, due to the recently completed 8000 sq/ft addition to the church building, which in turn will allow for a doubling of the space available for the upcoming bazaar.
The hugely popular Attic Treasures room will be expanded and re-located to a spacious room in the new building.
And next to it, a new “Finer Things” room will be filled with a wide array of unique offerings, including handicrafts, home furnishings, and collectibles.
Other displays will be set up in the new chapel spaces, named Unity Hall:
– Beautifully handmade articles of clothing, aprons, totes, wall hangings, pillows and much more – both for children and adults.
– The Jewelry & Scarves Table, which was introduced in 2015 and has proved to be quite a hit, will also have many unusual items for sale.
– The Wood Crafts Table will include a variety of handcrafted items and restored to like-new vintage toys, along with parquet patterned cutting boards, quilt racks and holiday theme centerpieces.
– And Santa will be visiting from 10:00am til noon. Folks of all ages are welcome to come and have their pictures taken with him, next to the decorated Christmas tree.
For nearly a century the lower level of the church building has served as the sole and sometimes overcrowded site of past Holiday Bazaars. For 2017, the following will be situated in a more open Fellowship Hall:
– The Food Tables, with a variety of fresh, homemade cakes, pies, cookies, breads and canned goods offered for sale.
–Bazaar Luncheon, offering snacks and a lunch of hearty homemade soups, sandwiches, beverages, and slices of delicious pies. There will also be a “soups to go” offerings, for a future ready-to-serve meal.
– The Gardening Center, featuring indoor and outdoor plants, bulbs, seeds and other gardening related items for sale.
Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will help support local outreach efforts, such as the Charter House Coalition community lunches and suppers and the winter emergency shelter programs.