Con­sumers shop lo­cal, beat hol­i­day crowds

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

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.

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