Mount Holly Guild’s bazaar attracts hundreds

MOUNT HOLLY, Vt. – The Community Guild of Mount Holly’s annual bazaar attracted hundreds of locals and visitors on Sat., Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont, where handmade crafts, raffle tickets, homemade pies, soup, sandwiches, and many other delightful items were for sale.

The bake sale in the Odd Fellows Hall included homemade snacks and goodies from many of the Guild ladies: cookies, brownies, pies, vegetable soup, sandwiches, and a variety of desserts.

Among these handmade items were quilts and afghans, lap robes, baby items, embroidery, crafts, collectibles, table linens, jewelry, and items made with fabrics generously donated by the local and reknowned artist, Stephanie Stouffer. This year’s raffle quilt was on display, and tickets were still on sale. The drawing for the main raffle and the mini raffle occurred at 2 p.m.

And now for the winners. Michael Asphar won the main raffle quilt. One of Judy Nevin’s handmade baskets went to Bill Jacobs. The watercolor painting donated by Cindy Hinchliff was won by Colin Fahey, and a massage at Belmont Body and Soul went to M. Fay. From the mini raffle, Carol Devine won both hanging plants, a super bell in cherry red and a lavender petunia. Grafton cheese donated by Dennis Devereux went to A. Featherstone, and a lighthouse incense burner went to Bonnie Elwell. Congratulations!

The Mount Holly Library also hosted the first of its two annual book sales. With hundreds of titles available, they’re

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Locals perusing the wide selection of books at the Mt. Holly Library’s book sale. Photo by Aiyana Fortin.

truly spreading the wealth of knowledge throughout our community. The next book sale will be at Cider Days in the fall, and the soonest upcoming event is Matthias Weiter’s presentation on the Middle Eastern conflicts. The lecture and Q&A have been rescheduled for Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.

The Community Guild of Mount Holly is a non-profit charitable organization that has sold handcrafted and donated items by members of all ages for 98 years to support charitable, educational, and civic endeavors. In the past, the Guild has supported the Mt. Holly Fire and Rescue, the town library, the women’s shelter, local families in need and winners at Vermont History Day, and has given scholarships every year to selected graduates of Black River High School. In the past 10 years, the Guild has raised and donated over $40,000 to local entities.

The Junior Guild, with members who are still in school, makes crafts all year and sells them at the bazaar as well.

All of the ladies in the Community Guild of Mount Holly hope the community will continue to support the Guild all year long, in the fall at Cider Days, and around Christmastime.

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