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Holiday Bazaar has everything for Christmas

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner The women of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena have an extra supply of holiday decorations this year for their Holiday Bazaar. In front is Cookie Vigue. Standing are, from left, Jean Thibodeau, Willie Peters, Germaine Schwaller, Pat Smith and Pat Gwidt.

The fourth annual Holiday Bazaar at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena offers Christmas decorations and goodies. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Father Dave Barrett Church Hall.

“This year we have a lot of decorations that were donated from a living estate from an individual who moved,” said Pat Gwidt, one of the many people who volunteer to make the event a huge success.

All year long decorations are collected, whether purchased at rummage sales or donated by people of the parish who know about the bazaar. All the items have been reasonably priced.

“We clean it, patch it and price it,” Cookie Vigue said.

Several of the women got together to price the donated decorations.

“It was a lot of fun,” Gwidt said. “We sorted for days.”

The bazaar is a fundraiser and community outreach event for the church. Funds earned help with religious education, the food pantry and general upkeep of the parish, to name a few.

The volunteers work in other areas, too. They will be making Christmas cookies and candy for sale at $6.49 a pound, and they are preparing a bake sale.

“It’s a lot of fun because the girls get together a week before and make the cookies,” Vigue said.

The Rummage Room will be open with clothes, knickknacks, dishes, shoes and many other low-priced items. Book Share will also be open. At Book Share anyone can get a book, donated by members of St. Michael’s, and then return it or pass it on to someone else.

The Knights of Columbus St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council No. 12185 will be serving chicken rice soup, split pea soup and beefy hull corn soup.

There will also be hot and mild chili. sloppy joe plates, coffee, caramel corn and lemonade.

Many crafters will be selling their homemade items. Products from Mary Kay and Scentsy candles will also be available. There will be raffles for theme baskets, and the kids will be selling Christmas wreaths.

For more information, call the church at 715-799-3811.