November 21, 2014

St. Mary’s of Standish sponsors Christmas bazaar Nov. 12

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STANDISH — After having to relocate its Christmas bazaar last year, St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility is once again hosting the bazaar at the hospital grounds this year.

The bazaar is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the hospital. Jan Doerr, recreational therapy manager at St. Mary’s, is coordinating the event, and said the bazaar is in its 26th year.

According to Doerr, last year’s bazaar did not take place inside the hospital, due to the H1N1 virus. Instead, the bazaar took place at the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church in Standish, and Doerr said the turnout there was lower than in previous years.

“We didn’t do very well,” she said. “We’re hoping for it to be back to usual.”

Doerr said in a typical year, the bazaar draws between 350 and 450 guests, with that total sometimes reaching 500. She added that a couple hundred people show up for a lunch at the hospital the day of the bazaar. Doerr said the lunch is all you can eat, consisting of homemade soup, salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage. The cost is $5.

“A lot of folks come to do their shopping, and then have lunch,” she said.

Doerr said all of the items at the bazaar are homemade, including items from a licensed baker who sells “tons of baked goods.”

“We’re small, compared to a lot of bazaars in the area,” she said.

Doerr said there are a total of 25 vendors at the bazaar. She said each vendor pays $20 to the hospital to rent a table there, and the vendors may keep the proceeds from the sale of their items.

One of the features at the bazaar, Doerr said, is the display of Caring Angel Baskets. She said guests at the bazaar may buy a ticket or tickets, fill out their contact information, and place it in a jar located in front of the basket that they would like to win.

Doerr said the proceeds from the bazaar go toward the “out trips” that the hospital sponsors for residents of its skilled nursing facility. An example of an “out trip,” Doerr said, is a future scheduled Christmas shopping trip, in which residents are scheduled to shop at the Midland Mall and have dinner there.

Doerr also said in a typical year, the bazaar raises about $1,000 for that program.

“That’s kind of our goal,” she said. “I encourage people to come out because it’s a fun time.”

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