From the hearts of Wilsonville
More than 70 vendors selling homemade crafts and goods will crowd the Wilsonville High School gymnasium this holiday season for the school's first Holiday Bazaar.
"It's a great opportunity to bring the school community with our regular community — to build that connection," said WHS leadership adviser Kristen Rott. "I'm excited to see everyone come together (and) that energy that comes from a holiday event that brings people together."
On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, the Wilsonville community will have the opportunity to convene in a space that will be selling local treasures including home-roasted coffees, pine cone decorating kits, homemade jams, "all the things you could imagine that would be at a bazaar," Rott said.
And the proceeds from the table spot the vendors purchased, along with raffle proceeds, will go toward Doernbecher Children's Hospital — part of WHS's large fundraising initiative throughout the school year.
This is partly why senior Katelyn Glavey's mother, Lisa, reserved a booth to sell bath bombs at the bazaar.
"She got a booth to help support the high school, Doernbecher, and to be involved with something I am involved with," said Glavey, one of the leadership students helping with the event.
Glavey and her mother, who has been selling bath bombs through her business Bath Temptations for about a year, are no strangers to holiday bazaars.
"I've really learned not to be pushy. You can't just say, 'Hey, hey, hey, come over here, come over here,'" Glavey said. "It's always up to the person and what they think is interesting. It's really fun to meet new people; it's always interesting to learn about people's' lives."
Glavey said every weekend around Christmas time, one of her family members helps her mother set up a booth at local bazaars.
"She handcrafts everything so she has little Grinch bath bombs that are round with his face on it and she handpaints everything," Glavey said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone come in. I really enjoy meeting an array of new people (and) also I think it's really fun to hang out with my mom for that long. It's fun to be able to sit down and have bonding time."
Rott said she's looking forward to having student involvement in the event.
Leadership students are pairing with photography students to do pictures with Santa. Other student clubs will greet people, help the vendors, manage the raffle — where each vendor will contribute an item — and class councils will have booths for activities like for crafts or cookie decorating.
"Each class will contribute in their own special way," Rott said.
There will also be a taco truck, food vendors, beverages and live music by students.
"I think this is good for the community, definitely to get people more involved with each other because sometimes we get really secluded," Glavey said. "We don't do events together and I think this will really help ... bring people in to celebrate."