Consumers shop local, beat holiday crowds
CENTREVILLE — In true Centreville tradition, holiday shoppers were able to beat the rush of the malls by taking advantage of the Arts Council annual Heck with the Malls local artisans festival on Dec. 8. In conjunction with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the two venues hosted several local artisans along with fresh wreaths made by Arts Council members and tasty treats from the Epsicopal Women’s group.
Across town visitors were able to continue their shopping — and eating! At Our Mother of Sorrows Church, a Christmas bazaar complete with homemade chicken and dumplings, white elephant room, and Santa shop for the children gave another chance to find locally made unique gifts.
Arts Council treasurer Barbara Sharkey, Executive Director Rick Strittmater, and board member JoAnn Harak host the bake and chili table for Heck with the Malls.
Whimsical gnomes crafted by Purl & June.
Elf helper for the day, Sarah Collins, helps sell mom’s Nature Art by Heather Collins.
Christmas candy, one of the many offerings at the bazaar.
Episcopal Church Women Kim Hazuda and daughter Caroline staff the bake table at St. Paul’s Church in Centreville.
Hannah Branham, left, and sister Madison help prepare dumplings, a staple of the Christmas Bazaar at Our Mother of Sorrows.