St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Apponaug will open its Merchandise Marketplace this Saturday at 9 a.m.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Merchandise Marketplace will feature a classic caloric corner.
For those who like theme baskets, the Merchandise Marketplace will be able meet their needs.
For those who like to shop, browse and enjoy coffee and muffins, and later a lunch, the Merchanside Marketplace will be the place to be Saturday.
The Merchandise Marketplace is officially St. Barnabas Church’s annual Holiday Bazaar. It will be held inside Schweitzer Hall that has multi-rooms and a kitchen and is located in the lower level of the ageless Episcopal parish.
“Our bazaar has something for everyone!” said Heidi Seddon, the parish treasurer who is chairing the Holiday Bazaar for the second straight year.
Seddon, who has worked the Holiday Bazaar “for longer than I can count,” emphasized that Saturday’s event – which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is totally different than the usual run of the mile holiday happening.
“It’s a great parish event,” said Seddon. “It’s not just for women, who also have men who volunteer and work at the bazaar. It’s like ... we’re calling it a special St. Barnabas Family Affair!”
This year’s Holiday Bazaar will get underway at 9 a.m. and people who decided to arrive early and check out what Seddon said will be a wide variety of interesting items, can start their day with some homemade muffins and coffee. She added that lunch, featuring such items as homemade chicken sandwiches and soup, will also be served.
“We have a special crew that comes in just to do lunch,” Seddon explained. “We have a proud parish family that includes many, many dedicated men and women.”
And that explains why Saturday’s annual Holiday Bazaar “may just be our best food forward in recent memory,” Seddon said.
“We’ll have quite a nice selection of religious items,” she added. “This year’s bazaar will have a big selection of hand-crafted items and the Penny Social is shaping up to be much, much larger than usual.”
A Penny Social is like an auction without a caller. People simply view the display of items, which in most cases ranges from toys, games, jewelry, gift baskets and more, then purchase inexpensive tickets that they place in a canister for the item or items they liked to win. When the bazaar closes, tickets are drawn at random for the winners.
Yet another highlight of Saturday’s Holiday Bazaar will be a raffle featuring four special prizes. Tickets may be purchased right up until the 3 p.m. closing time. Seddon said this year’s top four prizes are: a 32-inch flat screen television, Kindle Fire e-Reader, Blu-ray disc player and a $100 gift certificate to Lowe’s Home Center.
Seddon said, “Our main raffle will also have lots and lots of gift certificates from restaurants, places like Stop & Shop, florists and lots more.”
There will also be a Gifts-to-Go area for people who need to purchase an item for someone special for the holidays. The Holiday Bazaar will also include a White Elephant Room featuring a myriad of used items from dish and glassware to household goods to books.
In keeping with tradition, Saturday’s Holiday Bazaar will also have a Bake Table featuring what Seddon called “a large selection of fudge, pies, cakes, cookies and bread that are all homemade.”
The Holiday Bazaar is likened to the Episcopal parish.
“It’s a good group of people who come together every year to help our parish,” Seddon said. “This gives us a presence in the community and also helps to build community within our own parish.”
There’s yet another side of Saturday’s Holiday Bazaar that Seddon said “is also extremely important to each and every person in our parish.”
And that’s the ongoing and special collection that St. Barnabas Church holds to help the West Bay Community Food Bank.
“We’re hoping that people who come to the bazaar Saturday will bring a non-perishable food item,” Seddon said. “The holidays are right around the corner and we don’t want to see any family or individual not have food on their table.”
Editor’s Note: There is parking on Post Road in front of the church and an ample amount of spaces in the rear of Warwick City Hall, which is located next door to the church. St. Barnabas was originally built in 1883 and burned down some 30 years later. It was rebuilt then completed in 1926 before the final addition was dedicated in 1968.