Whether you fancy homemade baked goods, handmade craft items, quilts or a home-cooked meal, chances are you will find them at any of the many craft fairs between now and Christmas. Here are a few that have withstood the test of time.
This is the 28th year of the Cathedral Angel Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Rapid City.
Jane Holeton of Rapid City has been involved with the bazaar all 28 years and has been the chairwoman for 25. She said it is a great place to start Christmas shopping and a wonderful opportunity to sample some delicious food.
She said there will be plenty of handcrafted pieces, including crocheted items, decorative painted items, handmade rugs, floral arrangements, wreaths and lots of jewelry.
Because it is called the Angel Bazaar, Holeton said, expect to see plenty of Christmas items, and, of course, food.
“There’s always food here to eat,” she said.
Lunch includes sloppy joes and homemade rolls. People can eat there or take something home. Vendors will sell food such as lefse — a Norwegian treat — and homemade cookies.
The Prairie View United Methodist Church Bazaar in Smithwick will be Saturday, Nov. 12, featuring a soup supper with homemade pies.
“Many ladies have the great talent of making the best chili, beef stew and chicken and noodle soups, and you cannot believe how good those homemade pies are,” said bazaar chairman Patti Schommer of Oelrichs.
Schommer said while the church may be new, the bazaar is a continuation of the Oelrichs Bazaar, which has been held in early November for more than 60 years. Prairie View is a new church developed out of four area community Methodist churches, she said.
In addition to supper, there will be several tables of items, such as homemade crafts and homemade breads, rolls, candy and cookies.
“We usually have tables with jams, jellies and honey or other home-canned products,” she said.
New this year is a quilt show where people can vote with coins for the best of show. The proceeds of the quilt show will go to the church’s “Wrapped with Love” quilting project.
“This is a very worthy project where our church ladies quilt material and it is hand-tied with members of the church saying a prayer with each knot. Then the quilt is given to a sick person or person in need of prayers,” she said.
The Julefest Scandinavian Christmas Festival and Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish.
Julie Lee, office manager at Our Savior’s, said it’s a great place to get a taste of Norway. The annual event fills the entire fellowship hall, she said.
“There will be lots of homemade crafts, antiques and tons of quilts,” she said. A smorgasbord lunch will be available and includes a variety of Scandinavian food such as rosettes, meatballs, lefse and soup. There also will be Norwegian singers to entertain, and some of the workers will be dressed in traditional Scandinavian garb.
There also will be lots of baked goods to take home.
“If you’re not here by 8 in the morning, you don’t get the good baked goods,” Lee said. “People love the baked goods.”
All of the money raised goes to the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or WELCA. Proceeds from the bazaar are combined with money from other fundraisers and donated to area nonprofits.
The Pinedale Bazaar is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Pinedale Elementary School.
Bazaar chairwoman Dani Cornella of Rapid City said it is the biggest fundraiser for the Pinedale Parent-Teacher Association. More than 45 booths fill the school’s gymnasium, library and hallways. It is so popular that new vendors often have to be placed on a waiting list until a returning vendor gives up her spot.
“It’s a huge bazaar,” Cornella said. “Attendance is always so great that crafters want to get in there to have their stuff seen and sold.”
She said the variety of vendors and the fact that everything is handmade has contributed to the bazaar’s success. Shoppers will find hand-crafted seasonal items, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, baby items, paintings, woodworking crafts, candles, pottery and rugs.
The homemade pies — made and donated by Pinedale parents — are also a hit with bazaar-goers.
“The pie sales are a huge thing. We have people waiting in line to buy the pies,” Cornella said.
The bazaar is also known for its famous Pinedale chili.
“They’ve been making the same chili for years and people really like it,” she said.
There will be other food available including corn chowder, caramel and cinnamon rolls, nachos, walking tacos and hot dogs.