POA bazaar big­ger than ever

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

The POA Christ­mas bazaar is grow­ing this year, Rior­dan Hall man­ager Cathy Wil­moth said. It will take place on Satur­day, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“This will be the big­gest bazaar ever,” she said, “We’ve opened up all the rooms.”

In pre­vi­ous years, only the au­di­to­rium was used for the bazaar. This year, the crafts room and the meet­ing rooms will be open as well.

About 50 lo­cal ven­dors will be on hand with ev­ery­thing from hand­crafted Christ­mas or­na­ments to farm-fresh eggs, she said. Al­though some ven­dors will have man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts, most are hand­made, she said. She chose ven­dors who had a wide range of prod­ucts.

Michelle Chiocco of the Car­riage Trade has a store in Bella Vista, but it’s not in a great lo­ca­tion, she said. She likes to at­tend lo­cal events so she can let peo­ple know about the store, which is on Old­ham Road. But she’ll also have prod­ucts to sell at the bazaar.

“We have body but­ters, su­gar scrubs, shav­ing cream, which is very pop­u­lar among men, bath bombs and Lampe Berger.”

Lampe Berger, she ex­plained, is a line of fra­grance lamps that were orig­i­nally de­vel­oped to clean the scent out of air in hos­pi­tals and morgues.

All her prod­ucts are hand­crafted in small batches for qual­ity con­trol.

For Christ­mas, she has soap shaped and col­ored to look like a lump of coal and of­fi­cially-li­censed Ra­zor­back soaps.

John Brach, pres­i­dent of the Wood­carvers Club, is bring­ing his wood prod­ucts to the bazaar. He was at the fall craft fair at Spanker Creek and at the farm­ers market most of the sum­mer.

At the bazaar, he’ll have hand­made wooden puz­zles, pen­dants and dé­cor items.

For Brach, it’s as much about vis­it­ing as it is about sell­ing. He en­joys telling peo­ple about his wood­work­ing, and he’s al­ways re­cruit­ing new mem­bers for the Wood­carvers Club which meets ev­ery Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Rior­dan Hall. The club teaches wood­work­ing when­ever pos­si­ble, as well, he said. He just fin­ished teach­ing a Cub Scout troop, he said.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

John Brach, pres­i­dent of the Bella Vista Wood­carvers Club, plans to sell some of his wood­work­ing prod­ucts at the an­nual POA Bazaar on Nov. 11 at Rior­dan Hall.

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