Alaska parishes gear up for traditional bazaar season

As summer wanes and temperatures fall, many parishes across the Anchorage Archdiocese are preparing to continue the centuries-old tradition of selling handmade goods, unique prepared foods and holiday items through annual parish bazaars and craft fairs. These events bring together parishioners and neighbors to celebrate the artisans and craftspeople who ply their wares in festive atmospheres. Such events are often major fundraisers for parishes, helping to support ministries, capital projects and outreach efforts.

Every weekend, from October until Christmas, there are opportunities to find one-of-a-kind items, while sampling cuisines. Below is a list of upcoming events.

Our Lady of the Angels

Kenai’s parish hosts its fourth annual craft bazaar Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, with proceeds going toward parish furnishings. Items include sweaters and wall hangings, and a variety of handmade and other goods. A food truck will provide edible goodies. For more information, contact Lori Seymour at (907) 283-3315.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Located at 3900 Wisconsin Ave., the co-cathedral holds its annual parish holiday bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lunney Center next to the church. Vendors will offer handmade items, jewelry, collectibles and antiques. Breakfast and lunch are available. The customary White Elephant sale featuring Christmas items will be held. Vendor tables are still available starting at $30 each. For more information, contact John Fleming at (907) 230-7783.

Sacred Heart

Wasilla’s parish will have a two-day event following its weekend Masses on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27. St Jude’s Guild sponsors this annual fundraiser, which will feature handmade quilted items and other handcrafted goods. For more information, contact Dorie Smith at (907) 376-4081.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Located at 2901 Huffman Rd., this annual bazaar supports the parish school. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A total of 80 vendors will offer a variety of handcrafted and other goods from knitwear to books and t-shirts. Quality handmade items created by the church’s Magi Workshop craft group are a special feature. Lunch is provided. For more information, contact Mary Ann Gilgallon at (206) 883-6767.

St. Nicholas of Myra

Located at 2200 Arctic Blvd, this parish serves a Slavic lunch at its annual bazaar, on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also featured in this intimate setting are a bake sale, basket raffle and 15 community vendors who offer handcrafted and Christmas items. For more information, contact Judy Bich at (907) 333-4183.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Soldotna begins its Oktoberfest parish fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 pm with Quilt Bingo in Fireweed Hall. Twenty quilts, made by the quilting ministry will be featured. Dinner will be on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle events. October 28 and 29 the parish hosts a Halloween community carnival in the Redemptorist Center on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from all activities go to the building fund. For more information, contact Pat Murray (907) 262-7801.

St. Bernard

Talkeetna’s annual parish bazaar will be held at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local crafters offering beads, jewelry, ivory, paintings, soap, photography and many other items will fill the space. A silent auction, baked goods and lunch are also featured. For more information, contact DD at (907) 733-1212 or Suzy at (907) 733-2300.

Holy Family Cathedral

Located at 811 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage’s historic cathedral hosts its annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Catholic Daughters and other vendors offering a variety of handmade goods and artwork are featured. A White Elephant, bake sale and a hearty lunch are staples of this event. For more information, call (907) 885-9952.

St. Anthony

Located at 825 S. Klevin St., this long-standing Anchorage parish will hold its holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features 40 vendors selling a variety of items including Alaska Native arts and crafts, clothing and apparel items, hand-tied fleece blankets and various handicrafts. Religious articles will also be available. There is a silent auction for themed baskets and a Christmas room with gently used items for purchase. The Samoan Community will be providing lunch. For more information, contact Mary Snowball at (907) 337-5370.

Saint Michael

Located at 425 E. Fireweed Lane in Palmer this Mat-Su Valley parish hosts its sixth annual craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several vendors with handcrafted items are anticipated. Baked goods and other foods will be available throughout the day. For more information, contact (907) 745-3299.

Saint Mary’s School

Kodiak’s Catholic parish features its “Cookies By the Pound” annual fundraiser, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 60 families each donate six dozen homemade cookies, which are then sold by the pound. This year’s offerings include fudge and gluten-free options. For more information, contact the school at (907) 486-5411.

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