The 53rd Annual Spiceland Friends Church Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday 12th November from 8am to 2pm.
The event attracts between 220 and 400 people each year. Vendors sell a variety of woodwork and sewing creations, as well as handmade baskets, crocheted hats and baby blankets, paintings, ceramics, and more.
The bazaar will also feature a selection of “treasure troves,” or browse merchandise (other than clothing) donated by church members.
Spiceland Friends Church ministry coordinator Nancy Wadman has been involved with the bazaar for 25 years.
“I enjoy seeing all the people that come in and see them talking to each other,” Wadman said. “It’s like a family reunion with the perks of shopping and dining. I just love watching the community.”
Wadman is currently organizing the kitchen.
A breakfast of coffee and donuts is available from 8am to 9am. Lunch starts at 10am and is usually sold out by 1pm. The lunch menu includes chili, vegetable soup (sometimes potato soup), sloppy joes, hot dogs, coney dogs, and pulled pork, chips, crackers, desserts, and drinks.
Other foods are also for sale, including jellies, apple fritters, breads, pasta, party mixes, and cheese balls. There is also a designated candy store with items such as caramels, fudge, candies, cookies, tarts and cakes.
“We will have church cookbooks for sale on the day of the bazaar,” Wadman said. “”This is an amazing church with amazing volunteers.”
Santa and bogie bags
Pat Bogue, 80, a Spiceland resident and longtime member of the Church, plays a variety of roles. Not only does she make chili and candy, but she also rents out booth space to sell handmade craft items.
Bogue began making decorative Santas in 1997 after receiving the pattern from a cousin. Each Santa sits on a custom-made stand and features a matching body, underwear, coat, hat and toy bag.
“Clothes are shredded velvet, smooth velvet, cotton, or an old quilt,” Bogue said. “I’ve made cloth-clad Santas out of favorite shirts, robes, or special items of clothing, which makes for great memories.”
For the past 37 years, Bogue has also made bespoke women’s purses, which she calls “Bogie Bags”.
“My husband Wayne worked at Chrysler for 39 years and people called him Bogie,” Bogue said. “I’ve decided to name my small business after him.”
Bogie Bags are available in a variety of fabrics and custom orders are accepted.
One of Bogue’s favorite bazaar memories emerged when her two youngest granddaughters built snowmen and gnomes and sold everything.
“My booth has bags, wallets, matching cosmetic bags, snowmen, gnomes and knitted tea towels,” said Bogue. “I pay booth rent like everyone else, have a great time and then go home and put my feet up!”
quilting and crocheting
The Spiceland Friends Church has a quilting group and a crochet/knitting group, both making an item that will be raffled at the bazaar.
Bogue is a member of the quilt group.
“Our quilt is always beautiful,” she said. “We also make baby blankets for new babies at church.”
Marilyn Thompson, who serves as the bazaar’s vendor coordinator, founded the Friends Crochet Group in 2016 with the goal of making baby hats for local hospitals. Between 10 and 15 women are currently in the group, which meets on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the church.
“Anyone who wants to learn to crochet or knit is welcome and it’s free,” Thompson said. “We celebrate birthdays with each of the ladies so we bring food. We also have a Christmas party every year.”
The crochet/knitting group spends about six months making the blanket that will be raffled off at the holiday bazaar. According to Thompson, this year’s ceiling is designed to look like stained glass with many different colors.
Raffle tickets for the afghan and the quilt can be bought at the bazaar. Tickets are $1 each, or six tickets are $5.
The Friends Crochet Group relies on donations of money and yarn to make the items they donate and give away. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at the church office, stating that the donation is intended for the Friends Crochet Group.
The women of the church form a group called the Quaker Circle. Profits from the bazaar go to the Quaker Circle.
“The money will be used to purchase additional items for the church that are not in the church budget,” Wadman explained. “It will also be used to support families in our community. I cannot stress enough how important it is to recognize all the men and women who help with this event, from those cooking, quilting, organizing and serving to the set up and cleaning. It takes the whole church family.”
The Spiceland Friends Church is located at 401 W. Main St., Spiceland. Call (765) 987-7835 for more information.