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 "