BRISTOL – St. Stanislaus Church's Youth Ministry is bringing back its annual Christmas Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 11, offering a variety of vendors and food from the church's "Polish kitchen."
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the church hall of St. Stanislaus Church, located at 510 West St. Admission is free.
Debbie Sousa, director of the St. Stanislaus Youth Ministry, said after the event was canceled last year, people are excited for its return.
"It gets people excited for the Christmas season," she said. "You see a lot of vendors and crafts, with new items every year, and we've got the Christmas music going. It really puts people in the Christmas spirit. Please stop by and do some Christmas shopping. There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list."
Another thing people look forward to at the Christmas Craft Fair is food from the church's "Polish kitchen."
"We made 500 pierogi and we'll also have sauerkraut and hotdog sandwiches, kielbasa and babka bread."
In addition to craft vendors, there will also be Christmas cookie trays and raffle baskets available. Those who stop in can also expect to find a wide variety of handmade items.
"Some of the items being crafted include candles, ornaments, wreaths, hand crafted jewelry, soaps, cards, Paw Wax, glass light boxes, centerpieces, wooden signs and so much more," Sousa said.
Vendors include Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, K. Creed Candle Co., Shell crafts by Gail, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry, Sky Blue Designs, Crafty Ladies, Painting by Vanda, Photography by Katerina and Oni & Doug Wood n Paint.
Proceeds will support the Youth Ministry, who often participate in mission trips to aid communities in need.
This year, local youths and adult chaperones traveled to Niagara Falls, where they participated in community service projects. These projects included landscaping, painting a deck, stocking a food pantry and serving meals.
"Next June, we're headed to Pennsylvania," Sousa said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.