Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury will host its 30th annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, September 27 on the campus at 132 Lancaster Drive in Irvington. The public is invited to browse through the treasures available for purchase and enjoy the festivities organized by RWC residents. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and sales continue until 1:00 p.m.
RWC President Stuart Bunting says, “I don’t know if the people who began this event thirty years ago realized what a great tradition they were establishing, but we are most pleased to have our neighbors from local communities and throughout the region join us or this day of shopping and festivities.”
“The Bazaar offers people a chance to get a head start on the holiday shopping season,” says RWC vice president for development Whiz Harris. Shoppers will be able to browse at several areas where books, furniture, homemade foodstuffs and jewelry will be on display.
The Bountiful Books booth will feature a large selection of classic titles and current best-sellers. Shoppers will find an assortment of homemade jams, jellies, soups, pies, cakes, breads, pickles and cookies at Granny’s Kitchen. Early arrivals or those wanting mid-morning snack or lunch can enjoy sweets, homemade chili and coffee served on the front porch of RWC’s Chesapeake Center.
Betsy Douglas, who manages the Attic Treasure booth, says, “This year, Attic Treasures has been given a collection of antique kitchen utensils including a Griswold #10 muffin pan, hand-made decoys from various Chincoteague carvers (and others), a large Haeger bowl, queen and twin beds, chairs, loveseats, sofas, sterling silver, costume jewelry and bed and table linen. The electronics table will be full of plug-in appliances. There will also be a large number of small furniture items including bookcase and tables.”
“The Bazaar is one of our most important annual fund raisers,” says Harris. Proceeds from the various booths subsidize several activities at RWC, including special musical events. Proceeds from sales at the Bountiful Books table support the residents’ library, while those from the Attic Treasures booth fund the Fellowship Program that assists eligible residents in meeting monthly residence expenses.
“In the past ten years, sales of items in our Attic Treasures booth have exceeded $150,000,” says Harris.
For additional information call RWC at 438-4000. Vendors interested in one of the few spots still available should call the Resident Life Office at 438-4011 or 438-4024.