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Civic Club Bazaar — you can’t find it on the Internet

The annual Civic Club Bazaar is coming up Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

This is traditionally an unofficial kickoff to holiday shopping. Shoppers will find 69 booths this year, spread over three rooms. There will many more than 69 artists and crafters; however, since several booths will be shared by more than one exhibitor. Just think – you can shop locally. You can do this all under one roof. You can support Ruby Sisson Library (the library receives the profits from the event!) You can park your car just one time. By shopping early in November you can eliminate a lot of stress that is so often associated with finding just the right gift.

In addition to dozens of local craftspeople, artists from Creede, Del Norte, Ignacio, Bayfield, Durango, Hesperus, Chama, New Mexico and the Denver metropolitan area will have booths. A more detailed description of items being offered will be printed in the next two weeks leading up to the bazaar.

Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of the wide variety of delicious homemade goods at the Civic Club bake sale booth located in the lobby. The Civic Club ladies have a strong reputation as good cooks. In addition to longtime favorite items year, new recipes have been perfected and a greater variety of treats will be available.

Raffle tickets are already being sold by members and will also be available for purchase at the raffle booth right next to the bake sale. There will be three of the ever-popular money wreaths (decorated with FIFTY– one dollar bills) awarded as prizes again this year, and club members, merchants, and many artists who have booths have generously donated raffle items as well. Some of the raffle prizes will be on display at Ruby Sisson Library the week prior to the bazaar.

The popular silent auction is now in its fourth year and the bidding frenzy will really heat up just before bidding will close at 1 p.m. Items such as gift baskets, gift certificates, jewelry, apparel, and other “surprises” will be on display in the gym area near the “Civic Club Cafe” for you to bid on.

Yes, the Cafe will be back with the famous barbecue brisket sandwiches as well as snacks, other lunch items, and beverages. There will be plenty of room for you to sit and enjoy a break in your shopping while you enjoy good conversation and great food. (The brisket usually sells out before 1 p.m., so don’t wait too long to eat!)

The event is often referred to as the “holiday” bazaar, but who says you need to shop only for December gifts? There will be beautiful merchandise you can purchase for gift giving throughout the year. There will be many things for sale that you may also want to purchase for your own personal use or for your home.

Certainly, you can shop on the Internet, but do you find locally high quality handmade items? Can you examine the items up close to see the quality, size, color, and workmanship? Can you find one-of-a-kind items? Can you purchase delicious freshly baked dessert items on the Internet? Can you win raffle prizes on the Internet? Can you come together and socialize with friends while shopping on the Internet? No, but you can at the Civic Club Bazaar!