The annual Bazaar (draw prize day) is back, at least at the Ste-Anne-de-Prescott Roman Catholic Parish.
The first Sunday in June is the customary date, and on June 5 this year, doors will open at 2 p.m. to view the prizes and put tickets on the items you hope to win. The draw starts and winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. The biggest prize will be the 50/50 draw.
“We are really relieved to be back” explains David Sherwood, the parish spokesman. “It’s not only about the prizes and paying for the heating bill, it’s always a social event.”
“We look forward to seeing the folks who used to come – maybe literally – since masks are optional now. Perhaps in some ways, the break we were forced to take will make it like a new thing and people will be curious to check it out – and hopefully win a prize.”
The church is located at 719 County Road 18 in Ste-Anne-de-Prescott – the big stone church on the main street of the village.
“We just decided to ‘Go for it’, says Louis Brunet, another member of the church committee. “We figured that after the Coronavirus prevented it for the past two years, people would be disappointed if we didn’t.”
If you love church bazaars, this could be one of the few chances in 2022 to shop for bargains. After contacting other churches who used to hold an annual bazaar, the Ste-Anne committee discovered this seems to be the only one in the region this spring. L’Orignal will hold a Bazaar in the fall, but other churches are not ready – or not able- to come back to their tradition.
As life returns to normal, the Antique Days in Ste-Anne-de-Prescott will also be offering a full program on June 11 and 12.