Holiday Market open at Senior Center--Bazaar and quilt giveaway largest fund-raisers for center
By Jan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
The senior citizens at the Daleville Senior Center have been busy for most of the year, crafting hundreds of items for their largest holiday market ever. Shoppers will find a multitude of homemade items from simple to elaborate and priced for most any budget.Shirley Williams is an active participant at the center and one of the main crafters and organizers of the annual event. She said the seniors have been working hard for months to “create things for the bazaar” and that they had set a goal to have a “bigger and better” holiday market than in previous years.One of the most unique items the seniors made is Christmas trees fashioned from intricately folded holiday cards. Each one is different, said Williams, adding that hand-painted Christmas ornaments—including ones made from light bulbs— are also popular. “They vary from Santa Clause to snowmen to elves, cows and reindeer,” she said.Numerous wreaths are available for purchase, too, along with lighted glass blocks wrapped with decorative ribbons, bucket babies, laced angels, dishcloths, scarves and more. The seniors have also fashioned sachet bags from bath cloths to ensure anyone can place their favorite fragranced candle or soap anywhere in the home. “You just hang them or place them in a drawer or closet and it really smells so nice and sweet and fresh,” Williams said.The center is also selling tickets for $2 each for a homemade quilt giveaway made by Maxine Morrison, a master quilter. The full-sized quilt is in shades of green and is hand-pieced in the pattern of Jacob’s Ladder. The winner for the quilt will be announced on Dec. 22 at the center’s Christmas party. “All the money we take in goes right back to them (the seniors),” said Laura Leger, center director, adding that the seniors are able to take extra trips and have more recreational choices at the center because of the monies raised through the bazaar and giveaway.The public can shop at the center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The center number is (334)598-9197.