Residents from a pair of local communities came out in large numbers Saturday to enjoy the brisk fall day and to support their respective church bazaars.
Both the Westfield Friends Meeting and Mount Zion United Methodist Church used a similar familiar format for their annual bazaars. Residents responded to a variety of old fashioned offerings such as fresh produce, crafts and baked goods. Both events also featured a handmade quilt to be given away at day’s end.
According to Westfield Friends representative Judy Johnson, the bazaar began as a project of the USFW ladies’ group. Over the years, it has grown to involve the entire church in a cooperative effort. Proceeds from the day will go into the church’s general fund and to help with special projects in the church as well as needs in the community during the coming year.
“We had a good crowd,” Johnson noted, “and the day went really well. A lot of folks came out for breakfast and everyone enjoyed the fellowship. Every piece of our baked goods was taken.”
Mount Zion UMC also reported a successful day for its much anticipated annual event, now in its third decade.
A featured item for this year’s event was the drawing for a handmade quilt. Church member Polly Jones had made a quilt for each bazaar since its beginning. According to church representative John Starbuck, Jones died earlier this summer but had already begun work on this year’s quilt. The project was completed in Jones’ memory by her daughter and sister-in-law.
The prized quilt was won by Annissa Burger, who had been a neighbor of Jones. The give-away raised a record amount of $1,400 to be used for church and community projects.
“We had a large turn-out and a really good day,” Starbuck said. “And we were able to surpass last year’s totals. We were well pleased.”
Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.