Handcrafted gifts for sale at Christmas Bazaar

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel is offering a unique gift buying opportunity with its fourth annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 2.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the chapel in Verbena.

“We love seeing the people come in and enjoy the displays and buy products, but also just to visit and enjoy the season,” Ola Taylor of Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel said.

Hot cider and cookies will be served.

Items for sale this year include trees made from horseshoes, wooden items, handmade Christmas ornaments, cross-stitch items and art by Diana Hiott.

Greg Scarbrough does all of the woodworking.

Hiott’s Dandelion doll, created in her signature unique style, will be for sale as a part of the event.

“She is a magnificent artist,” Taylor said.

Board member Pam Persons works on her items for the Christmas Bazaar year round.

“She does a great job with them,” Taylor said.

Christmas-themed, wooden door hangers will also likely be a popular item this year, Taylor said.

New for this year, the bazaar will also feature a Donated Treasures table of pre-owned items.

“We have people that say, ‘I would like to help you all out, but I just can’t make stuff,’ so we are calling this table the Donated Treasures table,” Taylor said.

She said these items are high quality, including “something from when they were collecting things or a gift that was given that they never quite found a place for.”

“We have some nice crystal and some decorations that people have donated,” Taylor said.

The price range is usually $5 to $50.

“We want people to be able to come and buy presents and find something affordable,” Taylor said.

The sale raises funds for general maintenance and restoration of the chapel. The main structure was built in 1925. Taylor said the group has hopes to restore the chapel interior to the 1925 look, as funds are available.

Part of this project would be to restore the original windows behind the altar area from the former sanctuary. The windows were removed when an addition was added to the back of the building in the 1960s. The windows were preserved in a community member’s barn.

Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel is located at 11975 County Road 24 in Verbena.