Annual Morley Stanwood Holiday Bazaar set for Saturday

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The annual Holiday Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Morley Stanwood High School, located at 4700 Northland Drive, Morley. Pictured, shoppers last year consider their options. (Pioneer file photo)

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The annual Holiday Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Morley Stanwood High School, located at 4700 Northland Drive, Morley. Pictured, shoppers last year consider their options. (Pioneer file photo)

MORLEY — The hallways will buzz with activity on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Morley Stanwood High School, but it won’t be the bustle of students hurrying to class.

Thousands of shoppers will roam the hallways and gymnasium browsing the handcrafted selections at the Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, located at 4700 Northland Drive, Morley.

The bazaar has been a popular shopping staple for more than 35 years on the first Saturday in November.

“There’s no place to park out front or on the sides of the school. We have Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office posse members to direct traffic,” said Denise Moulter, one of the bazaar organizers. “It’s so exciting it’s so well attended.”

More than 100 vendors will be on hand to fill every available booth location again this year, she added.

“We have more than 20 people on the waiting list right now and we have a few booths in the cafeteria, too,” Moulter said.

The annual event raises money to support the parent-teacher organizations at the elementary and middle school. Each year, the donation totals about $6,000 between the two groups.

“Every year, the amount depends on sales in the kitchen,” Moulter explained.

During the bazaar, lunch items are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Money from the food sales helps drive the donation amount up because all the booth spaces sell out each year, so that funding remains constant.

“It’s a very reasonably priced lunch, and lunches are delivered to vendors by student volunteers,” Moulter said.

An event of this scale isn’t possible without the volunteers who donate the time and effort to make it work, she said. Set-up actually begins on Thursday evening, but most of the work takes place on Friday after school to mark booth spaces and put out chairs. Support from school administrators and staff also is crucial.

“The principal on Friday gets a group of students to put the blue mat on the gym floor,” Moulter said. “There’s hundreds of chairs to set up, we have to mark the floors — we couldn’t do this without the volunteer help.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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