The Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar was first organized by the women of St. Anne's Sodality in 1961. It was held in St. Anthony's Hall (at the corner of River and Norton Streets), and ran from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening. Proceeds of this first Bazaar were $812. The Bazaar grew year by year, and the location shifted to the Old School Hall (formerly St. Raphael’s District School) on Readville Street, and finally to the St. Anne’s School. 

In 1974, the format of the Bazaar was revamped with the parish providing funds for materials to make merchandise. Rotating chairladies were introduced to ensure continuity and consistent improvement. By the mid-1990s, "competition" had become stiffer, but the Bazaar continued to be a major contributor to the parish, supported by the talent and generosity of the hundreds of volunteers who participated over the years. 

The Bazaar ended its 50-year run when the St. Anne School building was leased to Parkside Christian Academy. But when the building returned to parish control in the formation of the Blue Hills Catholic Collaborative, plans for a return commenced and as of 2016, the Christmas Bazaar was back on! 

The 2021 Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 13 at the Collaborative Center from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join us for Santa, a pasta dinner, raffle and more!

 

Bazaar Photos


 

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