The time for costumes and candy bars is over, and it’s time to start your search for that perfect gift for everyone on your list.
For more than two decades, one place to get a lot of them — along with some tasty homemade food to keep your strength up while you shop — has been the annual Christmas bazaar at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield. This year the three-day event will take place on Friday through Sunday, Nov 9 to 11. As in past years, it will fill up every corner of the Parish Center across from the church on Hill Street.
Hours for the bazaar are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
“The best part of the event is the working together as a parish family,” said V. Rev. John D. Sorochka, pastor. “Parishioners of all ages get together to do this for our church. It’s a lot of work, but along with the work comes a lot of fun and love — love for our parish and love each other.”
Crafters and vendors will fill two levels of St. John’s Center, where a large variety of items will be on sale. St. John’s Gift Shop offers many imported gifts from Russia, Greece and the Holy Land including matroshka (nesting dolls), samovars, amber jewelry, ornaments, olive wood manger sets, table coverings, pysanky, icons, books and more. This year the gift shop will be offering 50 percent off many items.
Sorochka said Baba’s Boutique is a favorite stop for those who enjoy finding “real treasures” of years gone by. Other vendors and crafters include the Petal Pusher Floral & Gift Shop, homemade cookies, “Passion for Purses,” a raffle for designer label purses, the Russian raffle where you can take chances on the gifts on display, homemade kolachi, homemade bread, homemade desserts, jewelry, art work, household products, candles, soaps, kielbasa, scarves, wood crafts and more.
On Friday, the menu includes homemade pierogies, halushki, clam chowder, pizza, fish dinners, fish sandwiches, grilled shrimp Caesar salad, spanakopita and mac and cheese. On Saturday and Sunday the menu is more extensive, featuring Friday’s menu plus homemade halupki, various dinners, gyros, sausage and pepper sandwiches, pork sandwiches, meatball subs, soups and other items.
“We look forward to seeing old friends from previous years and making new friends who have decided to come and see what our Bazaar is all about,” Sorochka said. “We start planning for the next Bazaar as soon as the present one ends. We talk over the high and low points of the three-day affair and discuss what we can change for next year’s. The actual physical work for the Bazaar begins in July with the making of 15,000-plus pierogies.”
For more information, call 570-876-0730.