Holiday bazaar tradition will take place this Saturday |

Holiday bazaar tradition will take place this Saturday

— Holiday gifts might be on the mind for many with the season fast approaching.

And for those, the 17th annual Work of Human Hands Bazaar hosted by the Holy Name Catholic Church will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A soup luncheon and bake sale, using homemade local recipes, also will be available at the event.

This will be the first year the bazaar will be held in the new church at 524 Oak St. The past two years, it was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

“It’s a good, homey feeling to be back at the church,” said Diane Anderson, an organizer of the bazaar.

Local artisans will have small booths at the bazaar selling items from businesses such as Cider Fixins and items from Nepal and Haiti, a variety of handmade jewelry, cookbooks, quilts, hand-knit items, lotion, lip balms and more. For a few of the vendors, it will be their first year selling their handmade crafts.

“I was looking for an outlet and this was perfect,” said Lisa Kirkland, who will be selling her feather flowers, reversible tote bags and pot holders. “It’s fun to have people appreciate and buy your items.”

Not only will the bazaar have crafts made by locals, there will be handmade products from around the world, as well, including a number of goods from the Fair Trade sale.

Handmade scarves, jewelry, baskets, rugs, ornaments and musical instruments are just a few of the items coming from villages in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Ecuador and more.

“I am passionate about this bazaar,” Anderson said. “It’s just a great way to help other people and get some unique items into Steamboat that we wouldn’t normally get.”

Once items are sold, 90 percents of sales from the Fair Trade items go back to the people who made it, while 10 percent of the sales go to the church as a donation to local organizations.

“I love seeing the community of Steamboat get together and come to this event,” said Maureen Maloney, another organizer for the event. “I like that it opens it up to the community and that it’s not just a church thing.”

This year, Holy Name will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Nerney family to help with expenses while Kevin Nerney battles cancer. In addition, funds also will be donated to the Giving Tree, the church’s affiliation with the United Way Christmas giving program.

“It’s neat that the items are from all over the world and not just Steamboat,” Maloney said. “There are some things that are tradition in Steamboat, and I feel like this is one of those traditions.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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