The Friends of Wardsboro Library offer a handmade ornament selection includes more than 200 angels, stars, balls, animals, snowmen, Santas, gingerbread men, and even Mother Goose in many media – cloth, crochet, knitting, felted fiber, hand-hooking, paper, wood, birch bark, wire and even dried chili peppers.
The bazaar opens at 11 am, and the regulars are already at the door. The event features decorations, goodies, and lunch. The Friends’ bake sale covers several large tables and is very popular with cookie hounds because they can “mix ‘n’ match” a whole box of decorated sweets to their liking. There are also trays full of tea breads, fancy candies, cakes, pies, jams, and jellies for sale, ranging in price from 50 cents for small treats to $12 for large cakes.
New this year, the Friends have added a Vermont Crafters Boutique at the bazaar. About a dozen professional fine craft artists from the southern Vermont area will have an array of items such as jewelry, pottery, apparel, and other gift items on consignment in a special section at the bazaar.
Santa comes to the bazaar every year, too, to hand out small stocking-stuffers and pose for free photos. Although there is no fireplace at town hall, he sits in his special “North Pole Corner” from 12 to 2 pm, and, according to tradition, the ladies at the nearby bake sale tables make sure that Santa never leaves without a couple dozen homemade cookies.
The Wardsboro Public Library is housed in a historic 19th century farmhouse, known as the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, which the Friends acquired in 2000. However, the holiday bazaar takes place on the first and second floors of Wardsboro’s Historic Town Hall on Main Street (there is an elevator and the building has universal access). There is ample free parking, restrooms, and a lunch café serving hot, homemade soup, beverages and coffee.
Anyone, even beginners, may join the crafters group, which meets Mondays at 1 pm, at the library. The Friends welcome new volunteers; to sign up, call or stop by the Wardsboro Public Library. There are also business and private sponsorships available as well as bequest opportunities to support the Friends of the Wardsboro Library.
The event is a fund-raiser for a single reason: to raise enough cash to keep the doors to the town’s library open.
Wreaths and swags will be for sale at the library after the bazaar and custom orders will be taken until December 15 by calling (802) 896-0013.
For the complete calendar of events visit www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org or stop by the library and pick up a copy.