Is it ironic that the way we spell “bazaar” is bizarre? If it were 50% more strange would it become tri-zarre?
What’s really strange is that we haven’t even reached Halloween yet, but the holiday bazaar season starts just 1 week from today. I am doing a different event every Saturday in November, and the first 2 weeks of December – six events all together. The above flyer is for the biggest event, not the first (the smaller organizations usually don’t publish flyers like this). The first event, on November 3rd, is Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, OR. This is the only middle school in the line-up, and I’m doing it because it supports a great arts program there, but it’s also a very nice bazaar – and bigger than you would expect from a middle school in a fairly small town. I couldn’t do this one last year, but the year before it was a great event.
New this year is my home town high school in La Center. I’ve never even been to this event because it always conflicted with others, but I committed to doing it to improve my contacts with the local community. And then Hockinson HS very conveniently decided to move their bazaar from the 1st to the 8th! This was a great move on their part because the first weekend in December is very competitive, but there is almost nothing going on for the second weekend. This will be the first year that I am doing 6 holiday bazaars.
Here’s the full line-up:
Nov. 3rd: Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR
Nov. 10th: Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA
Nov. 17th: West Linn Parks & Rec., West Linn, OR
Nov. 24th: Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA
Dec. 1st: La Center High School, La Center, WA
Dec. 8th: Hockinson High School, Brush Prairie, WA
As always, I hope to see you at one or more of these events. They are a great way to do your holiday shopping and support your community. Most of them fund music and art programs in the schools, and almost all of them are limited to hand-crafted items, so shopping there also supports local crafts people and gives you unique, high quality gifts. It’s a win-win-win!