If the number of friends and neighbors who exchanged warm hugs and happy greetings is any gauge, the 2022 Vida McKenzie Community Center’s Annual Christmas Bazaar was an enormous success. Morning visitors had “first choice” of items from over twenty craft vendors and they also dined on Billy Pruitt’s authentic Dutch oven biscuits and gravy. Later, guests enjoyed a concert by McKenzie River Middle School’s band. Thank you, Ms. Sieminski and students.
Santa’s arrival brought joy (and gifts) to children as they visited Santa’s Workshop. Youngsters decorated sugar cookies, made greeting cards, and shopped in a special Children’s Store for presents to give their family members. Cheerful elves from Walterville School’s 4th grade helped with these activities. Thank you, elves.
As the afternoon progressed, raffle tickets were sold to prospective winners, and the snack bar was busy. A lengthy list of local businesses and vendors donated items to the raffle and Vida McKenzie Community Center thanks each of them for their support.
All proceeds from the Bazaar will be used to reconstruct VMCC’s building, destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire. This ambitious project is progressing and, thanks to the generosity of the McKenzie Valley community, businesses, trades persons and grant makers, the doors of the new Vida McKenzie Community Center will open in late Spring or early Summer of 2023.
Merry Christmas to all from VMCC’s Board of Directors.