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35th annual Holiday Bazaar: A unique shopping extravaganza

This coming Saturday, Nov. 7, , from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Woman’s Civic Club 35th annual Holiday Bazaar will be in full swing at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

No one should miss out on attending this traditional Pagosa event. Featuring 71 booths this year, there is something for every taste.

Begin inside the door to your right in the South Front Conference Room where seven vendors will be displaying their wares. Next stop by the Bake Sale, in the lobby, and stock up on array of home baked confections certain to dazzle your eyes and titillate your palate. Remember to buy some raffle tickets, $1 each, six for $5, (raffle prizes will be on display next to the Bake Sale table). Raffle prizes include three $50 money wreaths, a variety of theme baskets and gift certificates and donated items from local businesses.

Don’t miss a visit to the Arts and Crafts Room, 10 short feet down the hallway on the left from the lobby, just past the computer room, follow the signs. There you will discover nine more interesting booths. Now you are ready to enter the multipurpose room where the majority of booths are located, including the Club Café.

To mention just a sampling of what you can expect to see, under the heading of fine arts, we have artists whose originals come in a wide spectrum of mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels, tiles, besides a selection of prints, reproductions, Indian art, local photographic art and tole painting. One booth will be providing on site custom-cut mats for prints, photographs, etc., Barnwood frames will be available from one booth, while another specializes in shadow boxes.

For the first time we will have a booth featuring musical instruments, Native American drums and locally crafted wooden flutes, together with CDs of musical pieces by musicians playing these instruments.

If fiber arts are what you fancy, two local groups are represented showing llama and alpaca products, plus we will have beautiful weavings by local area weavers. Knitters and crocheters have been busy producing hats, scarves, shawls, afghans, rugs. Cleverly made denim handbags are a new item this year, while cosy fleece slippers are a given every year.

Booths featuring Christmas decorations of every variety will provide a wide range of ornaments, wreaths, table runners, napkins, centerpieces, as well as other beautifully executed year round home decor items in wood, metal and antler art. As always this time of year you will have a large selection of candles to choose from in every size, color and scent. Besides the Boys Scouts’ popcorn booth, packaged dried drink and dip mixes, jars of homemade salsa (samples will be available), together with lots of jams and jellies will be for sale from various vendors. A local caterer will have a wild game cookbook for sale and will be providing samples of selected recipes from the cookbook at one of the dried mix booths.

Beauty, soap and skincare products and baskets, unique craft items made by African villagers, vintage toys and gently used children’s books, priced just right for a child’s pocket book, are some of the interesting booths featured. The San Juan Historical Museum will be offering books and playing cards on local history, while the Fred Harman Museum will have a display of Red Ryder souvenirs. Two local businesses, Slices of Nature and Plaid Pony will each have a booth, also Holy Moses from Creede.

If baubles, bangles and beads are your thing, you will have eleven jewelers to choose from, each one unique, working with beads, feathers, crystals, silver or gemstones in both contemporary and antique styles.

Getting hungry? The Club Café will be serving baked goods, beverages and soft drinks all day. Stop for lunch and choose from a menu which includes Dahrl’s famous brisket on a bun, nachos, chili, hot dogs, sloppy joes and polish sausage with sauerkraut sandwiches.

While there place a bid at the Silent Auction Table adjacent to the Café. Place your bids early as all bidding will close at 1 p.m. sharp. Auction items include, a gift basket from the Springs Resort, a Door County, Wisconsin Food Basket, a Chokecherry Tree basket, a Christmas table basket, a fall table basket, jewelry from The Lantern Dancer, Treva Wheeless and The Hideout, a gift certificate from Eddie’s Uptown Grille, an oil painting from Goodman’s, an acrylic landscape painting, a Virginia Bartlett print, a cowhide pillow from Bull Chic, a big jolly snowman from Slices of Nature, a pair of cozy fleece slippers from Jackie Reece, pottery from Holy Moses in Creede.

All proceeds from booth rentals, the raffle, the silent auction, the bake sale and the club cafe go to benefit the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.

So come to the bazaar, and bring a friend, or two or three. No admission, free parking. Whatever you do this Saturday, don’t miss this once-a-year, one-of-a-kind, unique shopping extravaganza, all for a very worthy community cause.