Thursday, October 24, 2013
The 33rd annual holiday house bazaar at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church is coming up.
It will be in the parish hall and doors will open for breakfast at 8 a.m. on Nov. 2. The bazaar will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. onward, but Carol Osteen, a co-chair of the event, said early carryout is also an option.
The “bazaar ladies” includes 12 to 15 participants who work throughout the year to plan and organize items. There are a handful of men who help with food and serving, too.
“We’ll have all sorts of things, but one of the favorites is our egg casserole,” Osteen said. “For lunch, they’ll have barbecue lunch plates and it will also be available by the pound and hot dogs for children. There will also be baked potatoes topped with barbecue and cheese.”
Osteen said the bakery table will include “anything and everything that people make at home.” There will be cakes, pies, muffins, breads and cookies in addition to other items.
New to this year will be soups, because Osteen said a lot of homebound people enjoy having those available in their freezer or refrigerator.
Another staple for the past few years has been cutlery. That will also be making a return and include steak knives, roast knives and forks, paring knives and other types of knives. These will have both stainless steel and black handles.
In addition to items one would find in the kitchen, there will also be plenty of crafts and display items available.
“We make a variety of things; there will be some Christmas items like wreaths and wall hangings for the season,” Osteen said. “There will also be arrangements for fall – table arrangements, wreaths and we have made some baby items. We have some blankets, some cloth books, place mats and a nice variety. We also have our St. Bart bears.”
Some of the bears have themes and others don’t, but Osteen said they are popular with kids.
The money raised from the event goes back to the church and helps to fund mission trips, as well as benefit local charities. These include the Wound Warrior Project, the Fisher House, the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity and more.
“The community supports us,” Osteen said. “We want to be able to do things that are not only in far off countries, but also in our own community.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013.