October 25, 2021

Local vendors support St. Mary’s Christmas bazaar

A holiday tradition

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Susan Sill, left, and Connie Norman, second from left, look at baskets made by Diane Potter, right, at St. Mary’s Christmas Bazaar on Saturday.

Community support for St. Mary’s School was at the core of the school’s Christmas bazaar Saturday.

Roughly 50 vendors from Cortland County sold home and handmade items including lotions, scarves, postcards and figures made from horseshoes. Kids games, a book sale and raffles were also offered.

“I like it because it’s a local event, it’s community based and it’s for the school. It helps maintain the school,” said Diane Potter, of Cortland, who sold gift baskets of candy, lotions, soaps and Christmas socks.

Potter originally became involved in St. Mary’s Church as a congregant, then began participating in the bazaar to meet more people from church, she said. It also helps her business, Baskets and Boxes.

“This is always a good day for me. I usually come with two carloads and I’m happy if I go home with half a carload and that’s usually about it. It’s almost a good sellout for me,” she said.

Ellen Hanson of Freeville was shopping for earrings. She does every year. On Saturday, she wore the peppermint candy earrings that she bought last year.

“It’s consistently wonderful,” Hanson said, a great place for vendors to showcase their work.

“I think people really need to have a venue and a place where they can show what it is that they’re making. People are producing a lot of good, valuable items and it’s nice to have a family friendly, family oriented place to come,” she said.

Funds raised from the event go to offset tuition costs, said Julia Nye, president of the school’s parents guild. Planning began in September, organizing volunteers, recruiting vendors and collecting donations, Nye said.

“It’s very rewarding for all our hard work it takes to put this on and it’s rewarding to see everything come together so nicely,” she said.