Wye Parish plans Christ­mas Bazaar

Record Observer - - Obituaries -

WYE MILLS — One-of-a-kind gifts and dec­o­ra­tions are a long-stand­ing spe­cialty at the Wye Parish Christ­mas Bazaar. It has been the place where each year for the past 52 years, smart shop­pers have started their hol­i­day shop­ping. The 53rd an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar will take place on Satur­day, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall and Vestry Cot­tage of the Old Wye Church, 14114 Old Wye Mills Road in Wye Mills.

Says spokesper­son for the event, Mary Camp­bell, “The tal­ented and ded­i­cated women of the church have been en­joyed work­ing to­gether and at home through­out the sum­mer and into the fall, cre­at­ing orig­i­nal hand­made items. They have fash­ioned in­ex­pen­sive unique hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions for hol­i­day ta­bles and Christ­mas trees.”

New this year, added Camp­bell, are hand-dec­o­rated glass “Cook­ies and Milk for Santa” sets. The Bazaar’s dried flower note cards and laven­der wands — fa­vorites for giv­ing — will also be avail­able for sale. In the Hand­made Gifts Shop, lots of items can be found for win­ter wear, in­clud­ing knit­ted and cro­cheted scarves, mit­tens, and hats. The warm and at­trac­tive felted-wool, fleece-lined mit­tens that have been so pop­u­lar for the last two years will be back in a large va­ri­ety of col­ors and pat­terns, said Camp­bell.

Amaryl­lis and paper-whites — those liv­ing sea­sonal fa­vorites that are so much fun to watch grow into dec­o­ra­tive ad­di­tions to the hol­i­day home — will be avail­able to en­joy or to give.

An­other pop­u­lar place to find a spe­cial gift is the Silent Auc­tion. Thought­fully as­sem­bled and at­trac­tively ar­ranged themed bas­kets, gift cer­tifi­cates for din­ner at lo­cal restau­rant, a needle­point belt, bi­cy­cles, and a hand­made quilt are just a few of the items that will be up for bid­ding.

Many shop­pers make their first stop ei­ther at the Unique Bou­tique with its col­lectibles, crys­tal, and sil­ver pieces, or at the Gently-Used Jew­elry Ta­ble with its pins, ear­rings, neck­laces, and bracelets.

The Vestry Cot­tage will once again be trans­formed into the Christ­mas Book Shop with as-new books at bar­gain prices and a wide va­ri­ety of Christ­mas-themed books for adults and chil­dren.

Shop­pers might like to stop into At­tic Trea­sures to check out the wide ar­ray of house­hold goods — big and small — at bar­gain prices. There will be every­thing from kitchen items to lamps to larger pieces of fur­ni­ture. It is al­ways re­ward­ing to find that “just-what-I’ve-been-look­ing-for” item among the At­tic Trea­sures, said Camp­bell.

In the Sweet and Sa­vory Shoppe, shop­pers will find a wide va­ri­ety of de­light­ful cakes, cook­ies, candy and pies good for eat­ing now or freez­ing for later. There is al­ways a se­lec­tion of pre­served jel­lies, jams and pick­les.

Take a shop­ping break to en­joy a home-cooked lunch in the fes­tive set­ting at the Lunch Room where the menu will in­clude Eastern Shore fa­vorites of chicken salad sand­wiches, ham bis­cuits, soups in­clud­ing Mary­land crab soup, and a se­lec­tion of hot en­trees, for dessert, Smith Is­land cake.

Mu­sic lovers will en­joy lis­ten­ing to the Wye Choral Schol­ars who will pro­vide mu­sic for the sea­son. Tours of the beau­ti­ful and his­toric, 1726 Old Wye Church will be avail­able dur­ing the Bazaar.

The an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar owes its long his­tor y and de­voted fol­low­ing to the on­go­ing tal­ents and ef­forts of Wye Parish’s Epis­co­pal Church Women. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Church Of­fice at 410-827-8488.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Peo­ple come from all over the Mid-Shore to shop for hand­made items for Christ­mas giv­ing and dec­o­rat­ing. From left, Marie Edi­son of Queen­stown, Sharon But­ler of Eas­ton, and Joan Hen­nessey of Cen­tre­ville with some of the many care­fully crafted items avail­able at the 53rd an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar on Nov. 5 at Wye Parish Christ­mas Bazaar.

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