Harvest & holiday bazaar prevails in spite of rain

SMOKEY POINT — As soon as visitors walked into the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Jared McGuire offered them samples of his homemade catsup and barbecue sauce.

Marysville's Lynda Lindstrom sells some of her 'Accessories by Lynda' to Francie Skalsky.

SMOKEY POINT — As soon as visitors walked into the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Jared McGuire offered them samples of his homemade catsup and barbecue sauce.

McGuire came from Camano Island to sell his AlternaSweets at the senior center’s annual harvest and holiday bazaar Oct. 11, and he wasn’t the only vendor who’d logged some miles to attend.

While Lynda Lindstrom only had to drive from Marysville to offer her “Accessories by Lynda,” and Jan Williams practically walked from her Smokey Point home to present her “Hearts & Butterflies” goods, Norma Pennell came from Snohomish to sell her “Cards for You.”

“They came from Lynnwood, Mount Vernon and all over the area,” event coordinator D.J. Winebrinner said of the day’s shoppers and nearly 50 vendors. “We had a steady stream of people flowing through here all day.”

Winebrinner identified Seahawks items as big sellers, as well as traditional favorites such as women’s jewelry.

“Of course cozy things get popular as we head into winter,” Winebrinner said. “And people zero in on anything for their pets.”

Winebrinner noted that the bazaar serves as a fundraiser for the senior center and its programs, which will include its first murder mystery dinner show on Saturday, Oct. 18, for which the center has only sold half of its 200 tickets.

“This dinner show was originally scheduled for April, but that happened to fall right after the Oso slide hit,” said Jo Olson, executive director of the center. “We expect to be selling tickets at the door that night.”

Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members, with doors opening at 5 p.m. The event will include a no-host bar, as well as a silent auction and raffle.

To RSVP, call 360-653-4551 or email director@stillycenter.com.

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