The annual Kris Kringle Market at Escalon’s Saron Lutheran Church saw a steady stream of shoppers on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Not only was there a wide variety of items to purchase and take home, there was also a luncheon and the chance for youngsters to visit with and have their photo taken with Santa Claus, a special visitor at the market.
Tables were filled with handmade items, baked goods, decorative pieces, unique artwork, soaps, Christmas ornaments, pet-themed items and more. A raffle for a quilt was staged and those that wanted to take a break from shopping could enjoy the baked potato bar, a bowl of chili, salad, beverages, and cookies.
Dave Strand was busy slicing up small slivers of the many treats for sale, setting them out for people to taste test so they could pick their favorite to purchase and take home. Joyce Moe of Modesto had different scents and sizes of handmade soaps, everything from lavender to lemongrass, for sale and also offered up some information on the soap making process.
Former Escalon resident Jenlane Matt, who still belongs to Saron Lutheran, was busy filling up her shopping basket with a number of ‘must have’ items, noting that she is always impressed with the variety and quality of the goods for sale.
Overall, noted officials, the Kris Kringle Market was a successful fundraiser for the church and shoppers and diners alike seemed to go away satisfied.