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Annual Lioness Bazaar set for Saturday

November 11, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Winning a ladies' 14-carat gold, blue topaz and diamond ring crafted by Tim Myers of The Jewelry Shoppe of Greencastle; a 2003 Longaberger Christmas basket filled with items donated by Lioness Julie Wesley; a lighthouse-beach scene painted by Lioness Barb Benhardt; or cash awards of $300, $200 and $100, would give anyone a good head start on their Christmas shopping.

Those items are among the prizes to be awarded Saturday at the annual Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club Bazaar.

But even if you don't win any of the prizes, there still is no reason to go home empty-handed.

Crafts made by the Lionesses, along with those from 26 vendors, will be for sale and include crocheted towels, snowmen, Santas, dried flower arrangements, wreaths, hand-painted and framed feathers, jewelry, maple syrup, ornaments, tree skirts, bathroom sets, beaded angels, quilted wall hangings, baby sweaters, slates (tole-painting), plastic canvas, scarves and Raggedy Ann dolls. Also represented will be Pampered Chef, Longaberger Baskets, Home Interiors and Avon.

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Greencastle Lions Club members will sell brooms.

Plenty of good food, a popular feature of the bazaar, will be available.

Lunch includes homemade beef and chicken potpie, steamers, hot dogs and coleslaw. A baked-goods section will feature apple dumplings, cakes, pies and cookies.

A recipe-tasting table will feature free samples of foods - from appetizers to desserts - made by Lionesses. Recipes may be purchased for 50 cents each.

The Lionesses again are selling several varieties of Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield (Va.). A 22-ounce tin sells for $9.

Marie Eshleman, a Lioness club member who runs the kitchen for the event, said that the potpie is the most popular menu item. It is sold by the bowl and by the quart.

"We cook off about 40 pounds of beef, and use 45 pounds of flour to make the dough," Eshleman said. "We usually sell out."

The 70-member club usually clears about $3,000 on the event, President Marlene Duffey said. The money goes to help a blind girl they support, she said, and to such community projects as purchasing glasses, sponsoring a girls softball team and Boy Scout Troop 99, supporting Relay for Life and the Jerome King playground, providing for a local food pantry and giving a scholarship to a student majoring in a medical field.

The club also has given large-print books to the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library and donated to the fire company, Medic 2, animal shelters and hurricane victims.

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