Holiday bazaars take it outside for open-air shopping

WEST BRATTLEBORO — The holiday bazaar has been a longstanding tradition in Vermont, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some changes to the tradition - most notably, moving the marketplaces into the great outdoors.

Dress warmly, wear your masks, and check out these bazaars:

• The First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro will hold its Christmas Bazaar on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, as it has for more than six decades.

This year, however, the bazaar will be held in front of the church at 880 Western Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While the selection of gifts will not be as broad as usual, event organizers report availability of such traditional items as decorated wreaths, berry bowls, knitted and crocheted hats, mittens and gloves, bagged Christmas tree ornaments, and handcrafted goods. No food will be served.

• Also in West Brattleboro, All Souls Church, 29 South St., will hold its Holiday Bazaar outside as well as online on Saturday Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church spokespeople say that market-goers will find handmade and decorated artisan wreaths displayed around the bazaar area in the parking lot.

An Edible Delights Table will feature traditional holiday baked goods as well as other edibles, such as jams, jellies, and baking mixes.

The church will also offer its gift emporium and many ornaments at ascvt.org/special.

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