CUMC bazaar raises funds for charity


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield United Methodist Church members and Bazaar and Fall Festival volunteers Becky Schaub (left), Doris Cavanaugh, Janet Dates and Jean Stryffeler (right) supervised the Parlor Shop, which offered handmade gifts, crafts and Christmas floral Oct. 20.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Lee Olenik helped out at the silent auction table at the Canfield United Methodist Church’s 72nd annual Bazaar and Fall Festival Oct. 20. Olenik was in charge of taking bids for several items which were donated by members of the church.


The Canfield United Methodist Church held its 72nd annual Bazaar and Fall Festival Oct. 19-20, with several shops open for browsing and buying. Shops included Granny’s Attic, which offered ‘trash and treasure’ items; Bargain Basement, which offered men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and toys; Parlor Shop, which offered handmade gifts, crafts and Christmas floral; Book Shop, which offered a large selection of books and Bake Shop, which offered a wide variety of baked goods and treats.

A silent auction was also available in the atrium, and included such items as a hand-crocheted throw, a crystal bowl, a lighted ceramic Christmas tree, a hand-crocheted spread for a double bed and a giant Ohio State University collectible snowman.

All items for the bazaar are donated by members of the church. The church also holds workshops throughout the fall to craft the handmade items and the other items are made at home by church members throughout the year and donated to the bazaar.

Proceeds from the Bazaar and Fall Festival are donated to 12 charities and causes, including Operation Blessing, Rescue Mission, Kitchen Fund, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Canfield Care Net, the Methodist Community Center and many more.

According to Mary Ann Bryan, Bazaar and Fall Festival coordinator, the bazaar was started as a way to raise money when the congregation moved into the original building.

“The bazaar was started 72 years ago by members of the church after they had bought the original building and realized they needed to raise money to make improvements and for upkeep of the church,” Bryan said.

A luncheon was available on Saturday and featured homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, sour kraut and kielbasa, salads and desserts.

Tickets were also on sale at the bazaar for the Canfield United Methodist Church’s Turkey Dinner, to be hosted on Nov. 5. The evening will offer three sittings for the dinner. For more information, call the church at 330-533-9801.

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