Women's club annual bazaar gives new spin to its old charm

November 09, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

The Hagerstown Women's Club gallantly carried on an old tradition with some new twists from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Women's Club annual bazaar.

Now in its 47th year, the bazaar shifted from its longstanding Friday date to a more accessible Saturday, shed its customary bargain basement rummage sale, and dropped its distinction as a fall affair in favor of a new theme, "It's a holiday towne."

Betty McCune of Hagerstown, president of the Women's Club, addressed the changes.

"Working women couldn't come on Fridays, so we're trying Saturday," McCune said.

She also spoke to the new theme.

"Marilyn Shearer came up with this theme-type thing, and it seemed quite clever. We thought, 'Well, we'll go with it,'" McCune said.


Following approval of the board of directors, the Saturday date was set.

A giant stocking on the door welcomed visitors to the striking 19th-century, federal-style building that houses the Women's Club on South Prospect Street. Inside the foyer was a lighted Christmas tree, setting the scene for the main event.

The auditorium was transformed into a quaint "holiday towne," complete with street signs the likes of Candlelight Court and Bayberry Boulevard perched atop candy cane-striped poles. Shops such as the Sweets and Treats Shoppe - featuring baked goods - and Garden Gleamings - offering the Crossroads Garden Club's holiday creations - were arranged among the streets, ultimately leading through the kitchen and into the Eatery Shoppe - or the dining room - where lunch was served between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Marilyn Shearer of Hagerstown, who fashioned the theme, said she has more ideas than she can manage.

"I was just trying to add a little bit of charm to an old, long-held bazaar," Shearer said.

Visitors seemed to approve.

Cindy Liller of Hagerstown, who dined in the Eatery Shoppe with her son, Trey Green, 2, said she looked forward to making her way to the shops, as a number of items already had caught her eye on her way in.

Connie LaBelle, 58, and Miriam Reichmann, 88, both of Turnersville, N.J., and their friend, Amelia Kressler, 60, of Wenonah, N.J., were vacationing in the Hagerstown area. The three agreed that they enjoyed the festive ambiance of the bazaar.

Mary Stephen of Hagerstown said she goes to the bazaar each year.

"They have quality items, and I like the people," Stephen said. "Every year there's something new and different."

McCune said proceeds from the bazaar were approximately $3,400, which will be used toward maintenance of the Women's Club building.

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