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Methodist Church Bazaar, Luncheon Success
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Shoppers peruse the multiple items on one of several tables set up in the Escalon United Methodist Church for its annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

A traditional ‘go to’ event for much of the community, the annual Escalon United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar saw a brisk business on Saturday.

Rain that had pelted the area on Friday tapered off and the skies cleared, allowing for some sunshine to help encourage residents to turn out for the event.

Staged at the church along Jackson Avenue, the bazaar and soup and pie luncheon welcomed in a steady stream of customers. Many came to take advantage of both the shopping opportunity and the lunch, with a variety of soups available, served with bread, beverage and a slice of homemade pie for dessert.

The bazaar had many handmade specialties for unique gift giving and one wall was filled with homemade treats from jams to jellies, caramel popcorn to zucchini bread. The frozen, ready-to-bake homemade pies were for sale as well and the majority of attendees did not leave empty handed.

Officials said they were pleased with the turnout, selling out of some items even before noon. Proceeds help support the church, its programs and services.