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Holiday Bazaar beckons shoppers seeking unique gifts

November 15, 2007

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Virginia Grammer crafts fabric floral bouquets that she will have for sale at this weekend's Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. The annual show is a fundraiser for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.

Virginia Grammer crafts fabric floral bouquets that she will have for sale at this weekend's Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. The annual show is a fundraiser for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.

Past Event
Holiday Bazaar

  • When: Sunday, November 18, 2007, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Community Building, 115 W. 11th, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....

Bert Morgison's oven is working overtime.

The Lawrence resident is preparing for the annual Lawrence Holiday Bazaar, and that means making a menu of fudge, divinity, caramel corn, cinnamon corn and Texas brownies.

Then, there are the pies: lemon meringue, chocolate meringue, butterscotch, coconut cream, pecan, apple and blackberry. And she can't forget her peanut brittle.

"I've been making peanut brittle for a couple weeks," Morgison said, taking a break from the action recently. "That's my main calling card: the peanut brittle."

Morgison is among more than 100 exhibitors who will fill the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., on Sunday for the Holiday Bazaar, an event that raises money for the city's Parks and Recreation operations. The city charges $55 for exhibitors to reserve an 8-by-8-foot space. The bazaar is free and open to the public.

"It's a way to get into the spirit of the holiday season," said Duane Peterson, special event supervisor for Parks and Recreation.

The arts and crafts for sale include pottery, ceramics, stained glass and leather crafts. There will be wood carvings and furniture, dried flower arrangements, oil paintings, quilts, baskets, photography and other items.

The city has sold all its exhibition space for six of the seven years that it has put on the bazaar, Peterson said.

"All the exhibitors usually do well and that's why they keep coming back," he said.

Morgison said she's participated in the bazaar for so many years that she can't count them. Her first entries were with crafts, but she wasn't too successful, she said. So she turned to baking - a move that's made her popular among bazaar shoppers.

"They ask: 'Is the candy lady going to be there?'" Morgison said. "They may not know my name, but they know from year to year what I have."

Virginia Grammer is new to the bazaar. She'll be testing her floral bouquets made from fabric. Her creations have a similar appeal to quilts, she said.

"I do lots of different patterns," she said. "I just keep thinking of different things that you could do and it's just sort of limitless."

Comments

galfromku 7 years, 1 month ago

This does not say what time the event is. What time do they open and how late will it last?

galfromku 7 years, 1 month ago

ok... I just saw my answer under the picture on the left. Opens at 10am. Ooops...

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