The Rochester Women’s Guild held their Annual Cranberry Christmas Celebration and Bazaar on Saturday, November 10 at the First Congregational Church. The bazaar features items made by the members of the Women’s Guild, from handmade textile items to baked goods and toys.
“We have about 15 active members in the Guild,” said President Yvette Beaumont, who made several gallons of her famous chicken and rice soup for the luncheon. “All the proceeds go to fund things we do.”
In the past, the Women’s Guild has purchased new stoves for the church kitchen and paid for the restoration of the original church doors and locks.
“It’s great! There are a lot of really nice things here made by these individuals,” said Mary McCann of Rochester as she browsed the tables.
Over in the kids’ room, the youth of the community could shop for special holiday gift items, each of which was donated by members of the church. After purchasing their gifts for less than two dollars each, members of the youth group helped them wrap the presents.
“It’s nice because it’s affordable. It’s their unique decision. There are not adults, so it’s all their choice. It’s more personal than shopping at a department store,” said Andrew Shaw, the youth group leader.
Attendance was strong; many people from outside the community stopped in for a look at the goods.
“This is great outreach to the community,” Beaumont said. “It’s just awesome.”
By Eric Tripoli