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Weekend Shoppers Can Enjoy Double Bazaar Opportunities
Escalon United Methodist Church members, from left, Jeanette Parsons, Judy Downard and Annabelle Martin stand with some of the items that will be available at this Saturdays annual holiday bazaar hosted at the church. A soup and pie luncheon is hosted in conjunction with the bazaar. Marg Jackson/The Times


With 20 different varieties of homemade jams and jellies – nearly 700 jars total – there will be plenty of sweetness at the 20th annual Holiday Bazaar at the Escalon United Methodist Church on Saturday. The church, at 2000 Jackson Ave., will host the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Handmade crafts, gifts and holiday items, needlework, drawing for an opportunity quilt, wood crafts, homemade jams and jellies and frozen ready-to-bake homemade pies will all be available. Those attending can also enjoy a soup and pie lunch for $7, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Church member Gail Cardoza is the woman behind the jams and jellies, growing the berries, picking more and crafting the jars of delicious spreads.

Bill Downard handles much of the woodworking for the holiday crafts and Annabelle Martin has made some embroidered baby quilts. The queen size ‘Butterfly Gardens’ quilt for the opportunity drawing has bene made by Jeanette Parsons and Karen Harris. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 13 for $10 and you need not be present to win.

The soup and pie luncheon includes a bowl of soup, Genova French bread, pie and a beverage.

Frozen ready to bake pies can be taken home for $10 and varieties include apple, apricot, peach and strawberry rhubarb, with boysenberry and blackberry available for $11.

Proceeds of the day help pay for church expenses and programs.

Also scheduled this Saturday, the Escalon Historical Museum at 1630 Main Street will be the site of its first-ever Senior Craft Show. Some local Senior Crafters, those over 50 years of age, will offer their items for sale during normal Saturday museum hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Scheduled to date are birdhouses made from fence boards, wristlets and other bags sewn from scrap fabric, all-occasion greeting cards and other projects made with Stampin’ Up rubber stamps and tools, wind chimes and other patio hangings, and yard decorations made from dishware. Gift wrapping will be available; donations for that service will be gratefully accepted.