Patriko Christmas bazaar

On a brilliant winter day, the sea front at Stoupa was transformed. It was lined with some 32 stalls, offering treats and  gift opportunities plus a wide selection of snacks. The glittering array included  lace and liquor, cookies and cakes, books, bags and baubles from recycled materials, painted stones and tiles, soup and sausages, wall hangings and woollies, cards and calendars, stained glass and stitch'n' bitch products, ornaments and oddities, cups and candles!
It was quite a social event too. It was chilly initially, but there was little wind and the sun was warm, so people were able to sit outside Patriko in the sun and chat over a coffee or beer. Several local residents took turns to be disguised as Father Christmas and offered sweets to the children. Patriko Christmas Bazaar PsM Flickr 

Message from Val Parkinson:-
" Feed back seemed to say that it was quieter than other years. There were not many Greeks in Stoupa, a lot of Brits have gone away, and there is not much money around after a poor olive harvest etc. BUT it seems people supported charities. We are delighted with the result. We made €1200 for Gaia. Thank you to all the volunteers who manned the raffle, soup and cake stalls, also all the Father Christmases, you know who you are, Chris Browne and musicians for the lovely music throughout the afternoon, and a big thank you to all the local businesses who generously gave lovely gifts for the raffle. May you all have a lovely Christmas "

►The bazaar will be in the Patriko garden or, if the number of stalls justifies it, outside along the sea front road (road closed)
►The bazaar will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday December 18th. Stalls can be set up from 9:00
►In case of rain, the bazaar will be at the Gaia Base in Ag Nikolaos
►Stall fee (all for charity) is €5, and a donation of something for the raffle (goods or vouchers for goods/services)
Fees & raffle donations to be handed in BEFORE the bazaar
►NO COOKING on site
►Stall holders must provide their own tables, which can be up to 1½ metres long (an extra stall fee for longer tables)
►It is hoped that stall holders will decorate their stalls with a Christmasy theme

Please contact Val 27210 78145 or valerieparkinson3@googlemail asap with details of what you can offer
• Help on the day with setting up, helping to run activities/stalls, clearing up
• Donations of cakes, savouries, soup, snacks, fresh produce, to sell
• Entries for the cake competition
Musicians interested in taking part in the jam session, so a timetable can be created
• Raffle items, gifts for Santa's grotto (small unisex gifts such as sweets, puzzles, pens )
Donations can be left with Val at the next  AB4C on December 3rd

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