Nativity’s crafters gather on Mondays at the parish.
RAINIER ‑ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church hosted its second annual Christmas Bazaar fundraiser in early November.
The 2012 bazaar started as a brainstorm by parishioner Kay Hansen, who attended a few community bazaars and thought, “Why not us?”
Because Hansen was already volunteering her time on Mondays to answer the phone in the Church hall, she invited other crafters, Carol Chesebro, Peggy Wallace, Lee Dillon and Martha Cramer, to gather on Mondays to exchange ideas, create, sew, and, most importantly, share fellowship. Soon other parishioners joined the group, bringing more ideas for the bazaar. The main emphasis for the bazaar was quilts, but crafters also made table runners, placemats, woodcrafts, totes, crocheted hats and scarves, and a whole array of other handmade items.
After the first bazaar’s success, the group decided to continue gathering to prepare for a second bazaar, which was held in September.
Even parishioners who were not part of the Monday group brought in homemade items —jewelry, hair accessories, potholders and baked goods. Other parishioners volunteered their time to help during the event. The Riley Dillon family donated items to serve clam chowder or chili with sandwiches, dessert, and drink for lunch during the two-day bazaar. The Monday group continues to meet weekly, this time in preparation of their third bazaar in 2014.