Grace hosts Fall Bazaar
Members of Grace Lutheran are pooling their talents for a labor of love they're hoping will really pay off.
The church is hosting its 10th annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church, located across from Roosevelt Elementary.
"It's going to be a good social event," said church member Dennis Forsell.
"People come and see their friends, eat and shop and gab," he laughed.
The bazaar begins with a bit of a breakfast, as members sell homemade rolls, donuts and coffee.
Once visitors are plum full of carbs and caffeine, the shopping can begin.
Not only will there be a "next-to-new" section where gently used items are for sale, but the crowds will also be privy to some behind the scenes demonstrations from some local crafters.
"We have Dennis (Forsell) doing the woodcarving, Irene Sloan does the rosemaling, and then Bertha Anderson and her daughter do the lefse," said church member Glennis Olson.
The traditional, soft, Norwegian flatbread is being made right there during the bazaar.
"So they'll be selling some fresh, but they will also be making some ahead of time too, otherwise I know they wouldn't be able to keep up," said Elaine Forsell, co-chair of the event.
Forsell herself has already crafted the big item of the event -- a homemade quilt to be raffled off.
Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the church office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, or at the event.
The drawing for the quilt happens at the end of the bazaar.
The ladies will also be baking up a storm for the ever-popular bake sale, complete with a variety of sweet breads, but that's not all they're up to.
"The highlight is our knoepfle soup," said Olson, adding that the church women concoct the masterpiece right there in the church, "and I hear that people drive from far away just for this soup."
The knoepfle soup, along with a ham sandwich and beverage, makes up the lunch, which is being sold for $6.50.
"Grace is known for their food," said Olson, as Elaine Forsell added, "Yeah, we really don't do anything without food involved!"
Another hot commodity for the event is the array of American Doll and Barbie clothes -- all handmade.
"One of our members spends the winters in Arizona and hand-stitches all that, and it's just beautiful," said Elaine Forsell,
"And it always goes so fast, too," added Olson.
And although the event is being held the second weekend of deer hunting, church members say it doesn't hurt their event too much, as most shoppers have one thing in mind.
"We try to gear the event towards Christmas," said Dennis Forsell, "so we have a lot of Christmas decorations, and I bet most of it goes out for presents."
There will also be a duck pond set up for the kids, complete with prizes donated from the church.
All money raised from the bazaar is being put back into the church.
In fact, the bazaar began 10 years ago as a way to help fund an addition to the church's main structure.
They soon found out that aside from the actual construction, expenses since have continued to come out of the woodwork.
"It takes a lot to furnish the kitchen with all the equipment, so it's a good fundraiser for us," said Elaine Forsell.
"So, we hope everybody comes and just has a nice time."