Looking for something different for people on your holiday shopping list?
Holiday shoppers are encouraged to stop in at the annual Quincy Community Center Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 6.
“This is a great place if you want to get your shopping done early and find something unique,” said Scott Lybbert, an organizer of the event.
Now in its fifth year, the holiday bazaar attracts at least 35 vendors a year, Lybbert said. Vendors’ wares range from woodworking and jewelry to baked goods and Christmas crafts.
The bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the children, there will be a face painting booth as well as a scavenger hunt. Santa Claus also will be dropping in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Among the traditions of the event is the “holiday highlight.” Every 20 minutes, a strobe light will be moved to a different vendor, putting a spotlight on the vendor and giving attendees a chance to win a prize from that table. It’s a popular part of the bazaar for both vendors and attendees, Lybbert said.
Vendor spots are still available for the bazaar. Spots cost $35 each. Electricity and tables are available for an additional fee. For more information, call the community center at 787-1320.
Also at the bazaar, the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce will kick off its Christmas Passport promotion, which encourages people to shop locally. Each person attending the bazaar will be given a “passport.” (Passports also can be picked up at the chamber office.) Take the passport to a variety of participating business, which will put a sticker on the passport. For a list of those businesses, visit www.quincyvalley.org.
Passports with the most stickers will be entered in a drawing for gift baskets filled with items from local businesses.
More holiday events are planned throughout the month. Some of those events are:
- Nov. 27: The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is at The Grainery, 101 E St. S.E. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited.
- Dec. 1: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be downtown for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Rotary Park. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a greeting from Lybbert and a prayer from Pastor Shaun McNay of the Free Methodist Church. Participants can join in a community sing-along, and Melanie and Kennadi Hawes, as well as Quincy Valley School students, will perform. Santa arrives by fire truck around 6:30 p.m.
- Dec. 4: Make a holiday burlap wreath with the city’s recreation program. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Cost is $20 for materials. Last day to register online at www.qtownrec.us is Dec. 1.
- Dec. 6: The Marlin Handbell Ringers return to the George Community Hall for a special holiday concert. Hosted by the George WA CoffeeHouse, the performance begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $3, with kids 12 and younger free. A pass-the-hat will be held for the musicians.
- Dec. 7: Quincy Valley Allied Arts presents its Community Christmas Concert, which starts at 6 p.m. at the high school’s performing arts center. Admission is free.
- Dec. 7: Masquers Theatre kicks off the first of six performances of “Fairy Tale Christmas.” Tickets are $7 each. The family production is directed by Stacey Bresee. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.
- Dec. 13: The holiday bazaar at Mountain View Elementary School is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor booths, which cost $25 a spot, are still available. Participants can sign up in the school office.
- Dec. 14: Quincy Valley Lions Club again will host the annual residential holiday lighting contest. Homeowners can enter themselves or nominate a neighbor by calling Marilyn at 398-2349. Judging is Dec. 14. The winner of the best decorated home will win a prize.
- Businesses can join in the fun. Businesses can compete for a traveling trophy that is currently at the Idle Hour, last year’s winner. Winners will be announced Dec. 17 in the QVPR.
- Dec. 20-21: It’s an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Reiman-Simmons House. The event includes storytelling, a tree lighting, singing and more. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 4 p.m. Dec. 21
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org