• The San Juan Daily Star

Union Church keeps up bazaar tradition

Stock up on pie and stocking gifts Saturday

By Peggy Ann Bliss

Special to The STAR

If it’s Christmas, there’s got to be a bazaar, and the Union Church of San Juan’s 62nd annual event Saturday proves the season is here.

The one-stop shopping event, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will make everything merry.

Family Santas can get a head start at the artisans’ tables, the Thrift Boutique and the silent auction, which has the perfect gift for the loved one who has everything.

The artisans offer handmade jewelry and purses, as well as vintage clothing, hats and other unique items for everyone’s stockings.

At the silent auction, choreographed as always by Jean Cornelius, the savvy shopper can get bargains on restaurant and hotel certificates by bidding wisely. There are also wine baskets and artwork, as well as household and luxury items.

Cornelius, a longtime volunteer, has been running all around San Juan for the last month collecting the unique and individual items for this event.

She said she has a special interest in keeping everyone healthy, noting that the bazaar also offers flu shots and vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus.

More bargains can be found at the year-round Thrift Boutique on the second level and the New to You table, according to Marilyn Hitt, organizer of the bazaar.

It wouldn’t be the yuletide season without pie, which also is de rigueur for Thanksgiving, coming up on the 25th of this month.

“The Holy Rollers were busy last week rolling out dozens of pie crusts for pumpkin and their now infamous pies,” Hitt told the STAR.

Many other delectable home-baked treats will be available as well, she added.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required, she noted.

The church is at 2310 Laurel St. in Las Marías, San Juan.

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