Slippery driving and chilly weather did not deter participants from attending the annual craft bazaar and breakfast event at the Luskville Community Centre on Sunday, November 19th.
The bazaar is coordinated by the Cercle Socio-culturel de St. Dominique, a group formed in 1976. Membership, once swelling to 80, is now stable at approximately 14. The group, which enjoys learning and experimenting with creative projects, has organized the seasonal bazaar for over a decade, encouraging local artists, bakers, craftspeople and small businesses to share their wares.
Innovative, talented artisans from around the region sold Christmas-themed goods at the bazaar: these beautifully painted pieces are by Ginette Rivet who lives on Terry Fox Road. This self-taught artist is now taking students.
Grade six students from l'École Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie hosted a table spread with delicious treats as a fundraiser for their graduation trip with the school. They wish to give special thanks to their many donors and supporters especially Mme. Hélène Belisle, of Salon Chez Hélène, for offering a generous raffle prize and paying for the table.
Following their popular decorated chair presentation, the ladies of the Cercle put their heads together to create a creative hat competition this year. A display of headgear festooned with everything from vintage buttons to farm animals to frothy purple feathers was on show: passers-by were invited to vote for the most elaborate and exciting hat!
It would not be "the bazaar" without the presence of the well-loved bottle caps game. Throughout the year, caps are collected and wrapped in foil, a certain few bearing prize-winning numbers inside. A cup of caps keeps people busy during breakfast. The shelves of prizes diminished quickly, as always. If you have not played "bottle caps" at the November Christmas bazaar; well, you should.
A collection of tiny wooden crèches were on sale, crafted by Monseigneur Jean-Charles Dufour of the Catholic diocese of Gatineau. The Cercle always makes a donation to a non-profit organization: this year, profits from the little crèches went to St. Vincent de Paul and some soft knitted hats were donated to a homeless shelter in Ottawa.