In the midst of celebrating its first century, St. Agatha's Catholic Church in Sellwood presented their parish's annual Christmas Bazaar on November 5th and 6th.
The Altar Society presents the Holiday season fundraiser, chaired this year by Jan Hainley. The decorating committee swiftly transformed the Parish Hall with the help of six volunteer ladder-climbers, who Hainley called her 'bazaar angels'. Pursuing a fundraising tradition itself dating back nearly 80 years, the event proceeded smoothly and efficiently for the several hundred shoppers who came by.
'The baked food booth was the busiest corner this year,' commented Hainley. Cakes, cookies, fudge and breads flew off the table - while nearby, the kitchen crew provided light lunches to hungry customers. 'Our busy time runs from about 10 am till 2 pm, but we also have good crowds following our two scheduled Sunday Masses.
'Planning for this goes on all year long,' Hainley continued. "We usually have all our spaces rented out by April. Some folks come back year after year. Alma Hughes has been here at least 10 years. Shirlene Walters at the Thrifty Cottage sets aside gift and Holiday items all year long to sell in our annex, in the hall next door.' This year, St. Agatha's cookbooks were available too.
Handmade items such as embroidered towels, coasters, catnip mice, baby afghans, mittens, and children's 'Quiet Books' were for sale. Ornaments, jewelry, wall hangings, pillows, and cards provided a rainbow of colors - while near the entrance, Chef Brian Quinn, and his son, Brendan, 13, sold homemade pickles and spaghetti sauce for the fourth year in a row.
Many of the participating artisans and assistants were members of the church or residents in the immediate neighborhood - another part of the tradition of this November bazaar at St. Agatha's.