On Oct. 12, 2013, Church of the Cross' Spirit Group held its first, and hopefully not last, annual bazaar. The event was held in Fort Myers, Fla., and many, including Examiner.com, were in attendance.
There was no official head count, but the guess was that hundreds crossed the threshold of Church of the Cross' gym. Such "guests" came and went all day from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m, with a line up waiting to go in beginning way before 9.
On hand were approximately 30 tables of arts and crafts, books, jewlery, pottery, plants, antiques, and more. Two people were brave enough to have their booths outside near the gym's front door. With the temperature tipping into the 90s, there were plenty of hot bodies!
Meanwhile, inside the air conditioned gym, one to two people manned each booth. There were at least 50 people at all times keeping busy at this bountiful bazaar. Even food like hotdogs, chips, drinks and a variety of desserts could be bought and enjoyed.
The entertainment consisted of taped music, but the hot microphone was kept occupied most of the time by those announcing the many raffle winners. There were three raffles held - one by the church, one by Chico's, and one by a book author represented by Betty Jane Keene. Keene, 90, shared her day's experience.
"This has been an amazing day, being a part of this bazaar. The ladies have done a great job setting everything up and making sure everyone is happy. There is such a nice variety of items for sale too. I even won a raffle prize! I hope we do this again."
Not only were there people representing their crafts, but there were many workers who were responsible for putting the event together and continued to do so during the whole event. Behind the scenes included the Spirit Group's kitchen staff, planning committee, and others.
The minister of the church, Reverend Ralmon "Bud" Stephens, was seen during the event as well. He and his wife even had a booth!
To learn more about this church go to Church of the Cross and contact them at 239-768-2188. Also, enjoy video clip on "Arts and Crafts Materials."