Christ­mas Bazaar set Satur­day at Wye Parish

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WYE MILLS — It is re­mark­able for a small com­mu­nity event to be pop­u­lar for 55 con­sec­u­tive years. That is how long Wye Parish has held its an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar, known by many over the years as the best place to be­gin hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, on the grounds and in the Parish Hall and Vestry Cot­tage of Old Wye Church, the Women of Wye Parish once again wel­come the pub­lic to this har­bin­ger of the hol­i­day sea­son. Old Wye is lo­cated at 14114 Old Wye Mills Road (Route 662) in Wye Mills.

Hand­made gifts are al­ways ap­peal­ing, and the women of the Church have been work­ing through­out the sum­mer and into the fall, cre­at­ing knit­ted and cro­cheted in­fin­ity scarves, afghans and other items. New this year in the Creative Crafts Shop are fes­tive cen­ter­pieces for your Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas ta­bles. And there are al­ways de­light­ful orig­i­nal dec­o­ra­tions for your tree.

The Gen­tly Used Jew­elry Ta­ble is a pop­u­lar place to find unique, bar­gain-priced ear­rings, bracelets, pins and neck­laces for some­one spe­cial or for your­self. Nearby is the Unique Bou­tique, which fea­tures a va­ri­ety of col­lectibles, and sil­ver, crys­tal and china items — again at bar­gain prices.

This year’s Si­lent Auc­tion of­fers an­tique de­coys, white wicker chairs, set­tees, and ta­bles, as well as a host of gift items, from bas­kets of food, wine, and beer to hand­made coats for some lucky dogs. Bazaar-go­ers need to watch the clock as bid­ding on Si­lent Auc­tion items will close at 2 p.m.

Out­side in the Vestry Cot­tage is a wide va­ri­ety of books that are in good enough con­di­tion to give as presents. Fea­tured are spe­cial edi­tions, beloved chil­dren’s sto­ries, and beau­ti­ful cof­fee ta­ble books as well as books about Christ­mas cook­ing and crafts. Out­side, too, un­der the big tent is At­tic Trea­sures with its great ar­ray of house­hold items from uten­sils to lamps and ta­bles.

Food is an im­por­tant part of a spe­cial event, and the Bazaar has food for gifts, food to take home, and food to en­joy as you take a break from shop­ping by vis­it­ing the Hol­i­day Cafe. The Cafe will serve ham bis­cuits start­ing at open­ing time and, for lunch, Shore chicken salad, a hot en­tree, and a choice of soups. While par­ents shop or en­joy lunch, there will be su­per­vised hol­i­day crafts avail­able for chil­dren.

The Sweet and Sa­vory Shoppe has plen­ti­ful home-baked goods in­clud­ing pies, cook­ies and cakes. Shop­pers al­ways seem to head for the jel­lies, jams, pick­les and other spe­cial treats made and pre­served by the ladies of the Church. They make great gifts.

Out­side, all day, cof­fee (free start­ing at 8:30 a.m.) is avail­able. Also out­side, and al­ways an at­ten­tion-get­ter, is fresh cider pressed dur­ing the Bazaar by the Boy Scouts on a lo­cally hand­crafted cherry wood cider press.

Wye Parish’s ECW (Epis­co­pal Church Women) are the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the Christ­mas Bazaar a pop­u­lar and worth­while event with a long his­tory and loyal fol­low­ing. The pro­ceeds from the Bazaar sup­port the Parish’s out­reach pro­grams and se­lected cap­i­tal projects of the Parish. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Parish Of­fice at 410-827-8484.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Cre­at­ing hand­made hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions for sale at the Wye Parish Christ­mas Bazaar are, from left: Sue Kirch­ner, Queen­stown; Sharon But­ler, Wye Mills; Carol Bilek, Wye Mills; Linda Allen, Wye Mills: and Liguori Tewes, Queen­stown.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

St. Paul’s Parish Choir will sing the an­cient ser­vice of Even­song at 4 p.m. Sun­day.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

At left: Pi­rates Jeff and Jen­nifer Carter staff their trick or treat booth Satur­day evening. The event was sup­pose to be held out­side, but in­clement weather moved it in­doors.

Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ Pas­tor Scott Lam­bert, left, and his wife Mary Beth Lam­bert staff the Cookie Mon­ster booth dur­ing the church’s Trunk or Treat.

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