by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Marian Guild President Janie Cauble and bazaar co-chairwomen Linda Bagg and Bonnie Weber show off Baggs hand-dipped pretzels- one of the many offerings that will be vended at the St. Aloysius Parish Bazaar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, at 297 N. Broadway Street.The ladies of the Marian Guild of St. Aloysius Catholic Church almost didn’t hold a bazaar this year. But the community wouldn’t let them off the hook.

The event was just too popular.

The blowout holiday bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, at the St. Aloysius Parish, 297 N. Broadway.

Despite admitting that the annual bazaar is a lot of work, the ladies of the Marian Guild are bubbling over with enthusiasm for the event.

Twenty-five mostly local vendors are signed up so far and will sell items so varied, you could well get your holiday shopping done in this one stop.

There will be Skip-A-Week Quilt Club table, hand-dipped pretzels, jams, jellies, homemade soaps, crafts, baked goods, fresh baked bread and lunch.

The lunch offerings boast high quality “Pappy Dogs” donated to the Marian Guild for the event.

“It’s a really wide spectrum of items,” said Janie Cauble, president of the Marian Guild.

The guild ladies will have a “re-giftable” table of donated new or slightly used items.

Proceeds from the re-giftable and lunch tables will go to support the guild’s activities, such as sponsoring funerals, providing food for funerals, baptism and first communion parties, purchasing priest’s robes and prayer shawls and blankets.

The Parish will be decked out in Christmas lights and festive table cloths.

Linda Bagg, co-chair of the bazaar, explained that while the bazaar is sponsored by the Catholic Church, it is not a “Catholic event.” All are welcome.

“It takes a community to put this on,” Bagg said.

“I think the bottom line for this whole thing is not only to make some money for the Marian Guild, but it’s also a gift to the community because we tried not to have it and people complained,” said Bonnie Weber, co-chairwoman of the bazaar. “It’s really a holiday gift to the community.”

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