Thousands attend annual Morley Stanwood Holiday Bazaar

Thousands of shoppers browsed approximately 150 booths on Saturday during the annual Morley Stanwood Holiday Bazaar. Patrons could find a variety of homemade items, including sweets, candles and more. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

MORLEY — Homemade holiday decorations, soaps, candles, jewelry and more filled booths that lined the hallways at Morley Stanwood High School on Saturday.

Theresa Brewer (left) and Abigail Hatchew look through the different pieces of jewelry on display at one of the booths. While the booth they stopped at was located in the high school gymnasium, many more tables of wares lined the hallways.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, thousands of area residents and visitors bustled from one end of the school to other, searching for the perfect item during the annual Morley Stanwood Holiday Bazaar.

Patrons could browse approximately 150 tables during the busy event, according to Chrissy Corrigan-Persons, vendor care coordinator for the event.

“This is something the community looks forward to every year,” she said.

Judy Tresler, one of the many shoppers, is one such community member. Tresler has been a part of the event for years, as a vendor and as a patron.

“This is a good place to find Christmas gifts,” she said. “There is a wonderful variety.”

From baby supplies to wooden furniture and from sweets to doll clothes, customers could find a little bit of everything at the event.

“It’s really interesting to see all the different types of things people make here,” said first-time bazaar shopper Morgan Cooley.

Cooley noted she plans to visit the bazaar again next year.

(From left) Sandy Leonard and Marianne Streeter reach for wooden Christmas tree ornaments at a booth. For some shoppers, the bazaar is a good place to shop for homemade Christmas gifts.

At one booth, shoppers could purchase a game for their children or decorations for their homes, all created by Henry Mazade and his wife.

“Coming here is the best,” Mazade said.

“He wouldn’t miss it,” added Tom Ellis, who helped Mazade run his booth.

As customers filled bags full of their finds, Morley Stanwood student volunteers carried items to vehicles, as well as brought food to vendors or ran their ran booths to relieve crafters for a quick break.

“Everyone is so helpful,” said Sally Lesiewicz, who sold colorfully beaded wire trees to decorate lawns and gardens. “The customers like this show. It’s a great turnout.”


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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