Tahlequah Daily Press

November 18, 2013

St. Basil’s Bazaar kicks off holiday shopping

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The rich aroma of turkey tetrazinni greeted patrons of St. Basil’s annual all-church Bazaar Friday, and the promise of unique holiday gift ideas had shoppers roaming the halls, visiting and filling “shop buckets” with items for purchase.

The Bazaar is well-known among local residents for providing shoppers with a variety of baked goods, frozen casseroles, books, holiday decor and knick-knacks – and Friday was no exception.

The two-day event is a  major fundraiser for the church, as sales Friday morning were brisk.

“We haven’t run a two-day bazaar in several years,” said Marjorie Malone, church volunteer. “We thought this year we’d have it on Friday and Saturday, with the luncheon on Friday only.”

Mother Deb Jennings, pastor, believes the extension of the event is a good idea.

“This way, those who work on Friday can come shop on Saturday and have lunch with us on Friday,” said Jennings. “All proceeds raised from the Bazaar help with our Mission in Ministry program.”

On Friday, the Bazaar featured a luncheon of turkey tetrazinni, green beans, green salad, bread, pumpkin cobbler and a beverage, and carry-out and delivery orders were prolific.

“We’re close to 100 orders for deliveries alone,” said Malone. “We have to hurry and get them out so we can begin serving the sit-down luncheon, which begins at 11.”

Downstairs at the church, shoppers perused the extensive collection of items in the Book Nook. All paperbacks were priced at 50 cents.

“These prices are a bargain, if you ask me,” said one volunteer.

Another room downstairs held tables and tables of baked goods, and a refrigerator on the far side of the room was stocked with the Bazaar’s popular frozen casseroles.

“We had folks here right at 9 a.m. to buy the casseroles,” said volunteer Patti Hall. “So we’ve already sold out of the chicken enchilada casseroles and the beef southwest casserole. But the people who were here early have been coming to the Bazaar for years, and knew exactly what they wanted.”

Malone said she begins working on crafting projects for the Bazaar at the beginning of the new year. Upstairs, in the dining room, tables were lined with Christmas decorations, table runners, knick-knacks, lamps and stationery. The walls were lined with hand-crafted wreaths.

“A lof of the crafts are upcycled items, meaning we recycled a number of materials,” said Malone.

 “The lamps I made from wine and beer bottles, but I didn’t drink any of the beverages. The chalkboards were made from old pans from the kitchen that we sprayed chalk paint on, and we took a bunch of Mother Deb’s old Scrabble games to create these neat table knick-knacks.”

Malone also displayed a number flower bouquets made from colorful buttons, and the wreaths came in a variety of colors and textures.

“We used the chevron ribbon on this one,” said Malone. “The chevron pattern seems to be very popular, as is burlap fabric. Many of the wreaths were leftover from previous years, and we simply redecorated them using new ribbons and things to make them more modern.”

The sale continued through 2 p.m., Saturday, and Malone said Friday she expected to have a steady crowd.