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Annual Russ Hill Bazaar opens Nov. 20

By Barbara Draper
Special to The PREVIEW

The Community United Methodist Church’s annual Russ Hill  Bazaar will officially get underway at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Sales of wreaths, handcrafted from local pinecones and fresh cut greenery, will continue from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Nov. 28 and 29 when the workshop will be closed for Thanksgiving. The final day orders can be placed is Friday, Dec. 6.

Both phone and walk-in orders are accepted. To place a phone order, call the order desk at 264-4538. (This will not connect you with the church office, and office personnel are not set up to take wreath orders.) For walk-in orders, the church is located at 431 Lewis Street.

There are three sizes of wreaths from which to choose.

“Medium” wreaths measure between 18 and 21 inches across. They cost $25.

“Large” wreaths, measure 25-31 inches across and sell for $35.

There will be a few “extra large” wreaths that measure approximately 40 inches across and sell for $50.

UPS shipping is available at an additional charge.

Each wreath will be made from fresh Pagosa area pine boughs and will include numerous pinecones. Extra decorations can be added (at an additional charge, based on the decorations selected. ) You can also provide your own special decorations. A variety of bow colors will be available, and samples of these will be on display at the order desk.

Arrangements will vary in size and price, with prices starting at $15. There will be Thanksgiving and Christmas arrangements on display for immediate purchase, or you can speak with one of the designers who will help you plan a custom piece. There will be a wide variety of candles and embellishments available.

This is the 51st year these beautiful fresh wreaths and table arrangements will be handcrafted and sold for your personal decorating needs, or for holiday giving.  In 1962, church member Russ Hill suggested that individuals, “get together to make a few wreaths to make a little money for church programs.”  Now, over 50 years later, mini grants from bazaar profits benefit many nonprofit organizations in Archuleta County in addition to projects at the church itself. Interested groups can submit written applications to the church for these grants.

If you come in person to place your order, the wonderful scent of fresh greenery will greet you, and you are welcome to visit the workshop 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. to see first hand how the wreaths and arrangements are created. This is a joyous production that involves upwards of 30 volunteers on any given day.

This story was posted on November 14, 2013.