It's that time of year again. Shopping lists, relatives, impossible budgets and a shortage of holiday spirit in parking lots and department stores. b
Escape the commercial bombardment of the season and get your jollies at a church, school or community center bazaar. Among the attractions are homemade international foods, functional and fantastical crafts, lots of gift possibilities plus a break from the high prices and nerve-racking canned music of shopping malls.
Many area festivals are major productions with raffles, auctions, fortune telling and carolling to keep browsers busy. And while buying items on the cheap, shoppers can feel they're benefiting good causes. The women of the St. Ignatius Church bazaar in Oxon Hill, for example, netted more than $16,000 last year and have been working on their handmade afgans, wall-hangings, Christmas decorations and canned goods since March.
They are not alone in their endeavors. Herewith, the Fourth Annual Weekend Holiday Bazaar List. NOVEMBER 28 TO DECEMBER 20 -- Holly Basket, Christmas boutique sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary of the D.C. Society for Crippled Children, Community Room, Chevy Chase Savings and Loan, Little Falls Mall. Seasonal ornaments and decorations, gifts. Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5. 28 TO JANUARY 5 -- Fairfax County Council of the Arts holiday bazaar, Green Spring Farm Park, off Route 236, Alexandria. Paintings, fiber arts, sculpture, crafts. Daily, noon to 4. 30 -- St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church, 12404 Brandywine Road, Brandywine. Bazaar features crafts, stocking stuffers, raffles and Greek pastries. 1 to 4. 30 -- Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation, second annual holidays arts and crafts festival. Stained glass, leather craft, quilting, pottery, Christmas decorations. 12 to 5. DECEMBER 2 TO JANUARY 4 -- "Yuletide at Winterthur." Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Winterthur, Delaware, six miles northwest of Wilmington on Route 52. Exhibits depicting how Americans have celebrated the holiday during the past 350 years. Tours by reservation. 302/654-1548, every half-hour, 10 to 3:30, Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday 1 to 6:30. Candlelight tours Tuesdays 7 to 8:30. Closed Mondays, December 24, 25 and January 1. Adults $4, age 12 to 16 $2, under 12 not admitted on tour. 3, 4, 5 & 6 -- University of Maryland seventh annual craft fair, student Union Ballroom, College Park. Juried show of craftworks, hot spiced wine. 11 to 6. 4 -- Arts Club of Washington annual Christmas bazaar, 2017 I Street NW. Silent auction items, fortune telling, gourmet food booths, books, Christmas greens and decorations, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fabrics and white elephants. Luncheon Thursday 12 to 2; Friday 12 to 1:30. Benefits go toward preservation of the James Monroe House. 11 to 6. 4 -- French Church Bazaar, St. John's Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street NW. French croissants, bread, liver pate, riillettes, pastries and miniature quiches, wine and Swiss chocolate. French Christmas creche figurines ("Santons") available. French snack, pate or ham sandwich, Napoleon and glass of wine, served from 11 to 2 for $3.75.10 to 5. 5 & 6 -- St. Ignatius Bazaar, 2317 Brinkley Road, Oxon Hill. Christmas decorations, silhouettes, wall-hangings, needlework, international baked goods, jams, canned fruits, children's table. Lunch and dinner Friday, noon to 9; lunch Saturday, 10 to 4. 5 & 6 -- "Country Christmas Bazaar," First Congregational Church, 10th & G NW. Baked goods, raspberry jams, Mrs. Santa Claus and her clowns, household items, plants, pottery, crafts, white elephants, used books, children's items. Auction 11 to 1 Saturday. Light lunch available. 10 to 5. 5 & 6 -- Capitol Hill Montessori School eighth annual holiday craft sale at St. Peter's Church Parish Hall, Second and C SE. Handmade needlecraft, pottery, batik, woodworking, dried and silk flowers, stained glass, photography and prints, "secret shop" for children only, homemade lunch and refreshments available. Two tickets to New York Giants-Redskins game will be raffled Saturday. Friday 10 to 9; Saturday 10 to 5. 6 & 7 -- Gaithersburg Community Center fourth annual holiday arts and crafts show, 810 South Frederick Avenue. Handmade items, tree and door decorations, gingerbread house kids can make. Saturday 10 to 5; Sunday 11 to 4. 6 -- Christmas bazaar, and bake sale. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3900 Howard Street (off Gallows Road near Route 236), Annandale. Handmade crafts, Christmas ornaments, quilts, baby and children's boutique, toys, used clothing and furniture, homebaked goods and hot food. Star quilt auction at 1.9 to 5. 6 -- Epiphany Church Christmas bazaar, 2712 Dumbarton Street NW. International cuisine, quiches, homemade bread, Texas dogs and chili, sodas and wines. White elephant, antiques, gifts, books and boutique booths. Designer clothes, furs, linens, prints, watercolors, frames, sculptures, mezzotints, handbags and hats. 10 to 5. 6 -- Fairhill Elementary School's PTA winter flea market, west from the Beltway two miles on U.S. 50 to Chichester Lane. Cookbooks, bookbags, handcrafts, used toys, refreshments. 10 to 3. 6 -- St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Route. 108, Laytonsville, Maryland. New and used items, refreshments and babysitting available. 10-12; auction 12:30-on. 6 -- Ninth annual wine and cheese, art and celebrity auction, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Prince George's County at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. Items include antiques, art work, crafts, original cartoons, theater and sports tickets, Sugar Ray's boxing trunks and an autographed 1972 Redskins football. Tickets $5, call 577-3140. 7 p.m. 6 -- St. John's Episcopal Church, U.S. 1 & Powder Mill Road, Beltsville. Third annual bazaar features needlepoint, crocheted items, handcrafts, white elephant table, baked goods, hot dogs and cider. 10 to 5. 6 & 7 -- Audubon Naturalist Society holiday fair, Woodend, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Gifts with a nature theme, wood carvings, wildlife paintings and drawings, nature books and calendars, decorations, toys, baked goods, houseplants and shrubs, bird seed and feeders, white elephants. Auction of wildlife art at 2 each day. 10 to 4. 7 -- Christmas Craft Fair, Overlee Clubhouse, 6030 Lee Highway, Arlington. Handcrafted gifts and ornaments, baked goods. 11 to 4. 7 -- Glen Echo Gallery fifth annual holiday show, fiber works, wearable art, painted silks, pottery, prints, photographs, sculpture, stained glass, enamels and wood. Carols and spiced cider. Noon to 5. 7 -- Cleveland Park Craftspeople show, Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW. Children's booths open 10 to 3. Potery, needleworks, handmade goods. 11 to 5. 12 -- Beaux Arts Masquerade, Corcoran School of Art, 17th & New York NW. Benefit for the school. Prizes awarded for costumes, judged in five categories. Free wine & beer, cash bar, midnight supper. Tickets cost $60 per couple, $35 single, reservations are limited. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 13 -- Reston Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale, Hunters Woods Plaza (Colts Neck Road and Glade Drive). Wreaths, swags, ropes and table arrangements. Baked breads, cookies, jams, jellies. 10 to 1.