Yup, the old holiday express is picking up steam, here in Mahoosuc Mills. Everyone is getting ready for our Down Home Holiday Festival this weekend. It used to be the “Down Home Christmas Festival,” but we are now politically correct. The Saint Hyacinth Christmas Bazaar is part of the Festival. I suppose we should call it the “Holiday Bazaar,” but hey, we’re Catholic! Who are we kidding?
Oh, the town’s decorated real cute, and all the stores will be open. You got your Kiwanis Club selling trees in the vacant lot where Pomaleau’s store used to be, a horse drawn sleigh for the kids up to Bucky Dumont’s field, and on Enchanted Mountain, the little bunny slope with a rope tow on the edge of town, the Rotary Club’s made an ice slide again and there’s goin’ to be a toboggan race (helmets and costumes required). Oh God, folks really get into it, and you should see some of the outfits they come up with. I think my favorite might have been when the Lambert brothers dressed up like the Beatles and tricked out their toboggan to look like a yellow submarine. Half way down they hit a bump, and their wigs went flying. God, did we laugh!
Just like we do every year, the Women Who Run With the Moose will have table down to Saint Hyacinths where we sell crafts. It’s the second most popular booth at the Christmas Bazaar (well, third really, if you count the baked goods table). The most popular, hands down, is the Blessed Bling Boutique. I swear, the deals in that booth are unreal! I set aside some pin money, and am really hoping to score something nice, maybe a statement necklace or some sparkly holiday bracelets or something. Can’t wait!
Every year us girls pick a theme for our craft table, and this year, it’s “Drink Safe”. We consider it a community service. You know, there are so many parties this time of year. Plus, it’s cold and flu season. There’s nothing more disconcerting than being at a party and drinking out of someone else’s bottle, can or glass. You ever done that? Yuck-a-rooney! So, we’re selling crochet beer cozies in a wide variety of colors and designs. Mine are the ones with the snowflakes on them. Talk about practical, not only will you be able to recognize your beer can, but they keep the beer cold and your hands warm. Well, they don’t call it a cozy for nothing!
We also made these cute little wine glass markers. You know, those little things you put on your wine stem so you know which glass is yours? Betty found the idea on the internet. We got everything we needed down to The Beaded Moose (How perfect is that?) in Bangor. Heck, we had so much fun there, we’re going to take some sort of beading class together, come the new year. So anyways, you make the wine glass markers with your basic hoop earrings and some pretty beads. We had a blast putting them together, and, gosh, they’re adorable, if I do say so myself.
Now what do you think is the hardest part of the Christmas Bazaar? No, it isn’t being nice. Granted, that’s exhausting, but it takes just as much effort to be a grump. So, it’s a wash. Nope, the hardest part is staying away from that darned baked goods table! A couple of years back, we started requesting that our craft table be on the opposite side of the hall. Then, if we give into temptation (which we always do, repeatedly), we get to work off some of those calories walking back and forth from our table to theirs. Well, that’s the theory, anyways.
That’s it for now. Catch you on the flip side!
Coming up this week:
December 13: Book signing, "Finding Your Inner Moose," 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Islandport Press Book Kiosk, 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, ME