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Handworks Bazaar to help usher in holidays

 

Artist Betty Jane Chatham of Starkville, pictured, is an annual vendor at the bazaar.

Artist Betty Jane Chatham of Starkville, pictured, is an annual vendor at the bazaar. Photo by: Courtesy

 

Jan Swoope

 

The sun may not have set on Halloween just yet, but organizers of the fifth annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar at First United Methodist Church in Starkville Nov. 5 have their minds on Christmas shopping. 

 

The festive event Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Christian Life Center of the church at 200 W. Lampkin St. will showcase 36 vendors and benefit Habitat for Humanity. 

 

"We transform our Christian Life Center into a delightful Christmas shopping experience," said co-organizer Pam Hunt. 

 

Vendors from north and central Mississippi will offer items including pottery, jewelry, children''s clothing, tutus, smocking, paintings, yard art, books, wooden items and more.  

 

"We have a number of vendors who are new to the bazaar, as well as favorite artisans from previous years," said Hunt. "We make every effort to encourage vendors who have used their God-given talents to be a part of our bazaar. We appreciate our vendors and try to help them have a successful day. As in previous years, we have a waiting list for 2011." 

 

New for 2010 is "The Sweet Spirit Sandwich Shoppe," offering homemade chicken salad and sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, coffee and treats. Church members will also have frozen casseroles, plus cakes and pies, for sale.  

 

Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day by church members and the Weekday Ministries'' 3- and 4-year-old classes. 

 

The bazaar, which was attended last year by more than 400 shoppers, has been praised for its friendly atmosphere, music and Christmas spirit. 

 

Starkville''s Habitat for Humanity will have an exhibit with displays of homes and information about the local unit. Residents of some of those homes will visit with those attending the event, Hunt said. 

 

The Handworks Bazaar is open to the public; there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 662-323-5722.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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