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St. Mary's plans holiday fundraising bazaar, Nov. 7

MIDDLEBURY - From Christmas decorations to knit goods to home-made Thanksgiving goodies-it all comes together at Saint Mary's Church in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thrifty holiday shoppers will enjoy a broad selection of hand-knit clothing; candles; table runners, placemats, aprons and pot holders; quilts and afghans, handcrafts, original art, woodcraft items and many more to fill out their Christmas lists.

Several baskets, totes mixing bowls, whatever useful or attractive large vessel best suits the upscale themed goodies inside, are up for raffle. Preparing for Thanksgiving will be easier, too, with a visit to the Food Fair table: breads, candies, cookies, pies and more.

New to Saint Mary's bazaar is the ReGifting Center: donated unused items from folks' treasure troves of presents that are lovely, but just don't quite suit. Someone's re-gift could be a bargain.

No bazaar would be complete without a raffle and the exquisite Grand Prize for this one is "Tennessee Waltz," a full/queen quilt by MaryEllen Francis and Hardscrabble Quilting. Ginger Sterns' "Tranquility," a framed landscape in oils, is also a top prize. Each ticket also includes the chance to win $100 gift certificates at Autumn Gold and Greg's Meat Market. The Parish is grateful for these local businesses' support.

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5 or $2 apiece, so go for the bargain price and a better chance to win! Tickets will be available at the Bazaar on Nov. 7 and currently at Saint Mary's Rectory (326 College St.); Saint Mary's School (86 Shannon St.); County Tire (33 Seymour St.); Greg's Market (3 Elm St.); Middlebury Sew 'n Vac (1428 Route 7 South); Taylor Rental (1448 Route 7 South); and Thread Connections (Route 7 South at Creek Road). The drawing will be held on Nov. 8 after 10 a.m. Mass; winners need not be in attendance.

Please call 388-2943 for more information.

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