Too warm for Christ­mas spirit?

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land, Stanstead

On Satur­day and Sun­day, Novem­ber 26th and 27th, Stanstead Rock Is­land held its’ sec­ond an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar in the old Sear’s Store at the base of Duf­ferin Street. Last year’s Bazaar was so pop­u­lar the store re­mained full for

Santa was as pop­u­lar as ever at the Christ­mas Bazaar last week­end. most of the week­end. This year the food ven­dors were lo­cated in a nearby build­ing to al­le­vi­ate over­crowd­ing. The event at­tracted a lower turn out this year, de­spite its pub­lic­ity and pop­u­lar­ity of last year. The weather was un­sea­son­ably warm all week­end, which may have pre­vented peo­ple from get­ting into the Santa mood. The event was also sched­uled at the same time as other Christ­mas sales in nearby vicini­ties, and last year’s sale was in De­cem­ber, had snow fall­ing, and was closer to Christ­mas. De­spite a more modest turnout, the over­all re­ac­tion was pos­i­tive and the mood was cheery. Chil­dren were happy to visit with Santa and have their photo taken, while many peo­ple came to nib­ble on treats and chat over hot cof­fee. Some of the prod­ucts were very beau­ti­ful, and of­fered a re­fresh­ing change from the stan­dard Christ­mas fare, such as the per­fume gift set.

No­body could say the event was not well pub­li­cized, as lo­cal res­i­dents may have no­ticed a some­what con­spic­u­ous and large moose sport­ing an ad­ver­tise­ment for the sale. The moose was seen for sev­eral days loi­ter­ing out­side the Sear’s store. He

Stanstead coun­cil­lor Michele Richard didn’t miss the chance to tell Santa about her wish list dur­ing last week­end’s Christ­mas Bazaar.

Stu­dents of Jardin-des-fron­tieres sang Christ­mas car­ols for the shop­pers at the Christ­mas Bazaar.

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