Dominican Sisters to host annual Mission Bazaar Nov. 10, Great Bend
The following was provided by the Heartland Center.
It won’t be long before the quiet flavors and aromas of the autumn season gradually give way to the miracle and meaning of Christmas. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Dominican Sisters of Peace Annual Mission Bazaar in Great Bend!
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend host their famous Annual Mission Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway in Great Bend. The aroma and magic of this festive autumn, pre-holiday excursion includes beverage and coffee cake in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, two drawings for prizes, unique gift theme baskets, and a silent auction.
The spirit of the people on this day is a spirit of friendship and enjoyment all through the house. People are having a cup of coffee or juice and just sitting and visiting, or eagerly finding their treasures among the items for sale. Even though things are very busy this day, it seems that it is still a day to enjoy each shopper, renew acquaintances, and feel the excitement of the season.
Arriving in central Kansas in 1902 to provide education and healthcare for the early settlers, the sisters relied on their own resources to pay for their ministries and for a Motherhouse where they could live. They began to sell hand-crafted and homemade items, along with a hot meal. Today, the tradition continues. Sisters, Dominican Associates, employees, family members, and friends work on sale items throughout the year.
By the time the second Saturday in November arrives, there is such an array of goods that repeat customers line up to stream into the auditorium even before the doors open. The Sisters are always in awe of the all people who join them in the work of making the bazaar a success People donate items for sale throughout the year, and people and volunteer youth are here to help the weekend of the bazaar with the baking, serving the meal, assisting customers, and speeding up the clean-up. The Dominican community appreciates their generous participation so much.