Mount Holly Guild Bazaar a success for the community

MOUNT HOLLY, Vt. – The Community Guild of Mount Holly’s annual Bazaar attracted many visitors and local friends and family Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont, where they sold handmade crafts, raffle tickets, homemade pies, soup, sandwiches, and many other delightful items.

In addition to the Bazaar, the Mount Holly Community Museum, the Perkins House on the Green, hosted Belmont and Mount Holly’s biennial Artfest, showcasing the work of several local artists and craftsmen. This included the work of the famous artist Reg Vessey, who brought the original of his painting of “911” in tempera paint –  a breathtaking depiction of the emotion that filled the air. Penny Coldwell, Barbara Palotta, Cindy Hinchliff, Pat LaBella, Sue Covalla, Tisa VanDine, and several other artists showcased their work. New this year was a small exhibition of the work of junior artists in our community. The Artfest organizers this year, Pat LaBella and Carol Serravezza, will be looking to showcase the work of more talented young artists in future art shows.

The Odd Fellows Hall was filled with handmade items including quilts, afghans, lap robes, baby items, embroidery, crafts, doilies, and items made with fabrics generously donated by local artist Stephanie Stouffer. This year’s raffle quilt, pieced and quilted by Claire Poulin, was on display, and tickets were still on sale.

The Community Guild of Mount Holly is a nonprofit charitable organization that has been selling handcrafted and donated items by members of all ages for 99 years to support charitable, educational, and civic endeavors. In the past, the Guild has supported the Mount Holly Fire and Rescue, the Town Library, the Women’s Shelter, local families in need, winners at Vermont History Day, and given scholarships every year to select graduates of Black River High School. In the past 10 years, the Guild has raised and donated over $40,000 to local entities.

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

The main raffle quilt, first prize, goes to Beth Duff. One of Judy Nevin’s handmade baskets goes to Rebecca Pennington. A shawl made by Lynn Anderson was won by Stanley Ramsden, and a fragrant wax burner donated by June Capron goes to Tracy Lazell. From the mini raffle, Dennis Devereux and Carol Serravezza each won a flower basket donated by Garden Time in Rutland. A. Weintrauss and Carol Serravezza each won a photo print donated by local artist and photographer Tisa VanDine, a bird and water lily respectively, and Grafton cheese donated by Dennis Devereux goes to Alison Featherstone and Carol Venter. Congratulations to all.

All of the ladies in the Community Guild of Mount Holly look forward to the Bazaar and to the drawing of the raffle, and hope the community will continue to support the Guild all year – in the fall at Cider Days and around Christmas at various festivals and craft fairs.

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