31st Annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Shrimp Gumbo Dinner at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The United Methodist Women at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church will host their annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Shrimp Gumbo Dinner from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, December 5. The church is at 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road, near the corner of Tanner Williams Road.
2015 marks the 31st year that this event has brought Christmas decorations, home-baked cakes and pies, jewelry, jellies, preserves and pickles to a public that waits all year for this one big holiday event.
The generous dinners, which consist of shrimp gumbo, potato salad, dessert and tea, will be ready to serve at 10 a.m., dine-in or carry-out. Pints and quarts of the gumbo and/or potato salad, as well as sweets, will also be available for purchase to carry homel
A note for those who plan to attend: Set aside two or three hours to visit this Chirstmas in the Country Bazaar. Not only will you find wonderful, reasonably priced gifts for your family (or yourself), you'll want to sip the wassail or coffee as you look around, take your time to shop, then find a comfortable spot at a table with someone who looks friendly--they all do--and sit a spell while you eat lunch.
Don't worry about your packages: the saleswomen of the United Methodist Women will hold orders under the table until you are ready to check out, and there's always a runner to help customers get their packages to their cars.
About the crafts, customer favorites include the Cypress Knee Santas made by Mary Parden. Each is unique with a personality of his own, as each of the knees is shaped just a little differently. Wreaths, too, go fast. There's generally a nice supply of traditional wreaths of greenery, but this year, said Virginias Sanderson, there'll be some cross-shaped wall/door hangings, a step away from the ordinary.
Sanderson stressed that, although the UMW sponsors this yearly event, all the church participates. Members make their pots of seafood gumbo at home and bring in the containers, which are all poured into larger vats where seasonings and lots more shrimp are added. Then the men, with specially made wooden paddles, stir and watch over the pots until the gumbo tastes just right. Men are also very much into the crafts, particularly the yard art, Sanderson said.
Proceeds from this annual event go toward missions and other needs of the church.
For information, call Virginia Sanderson at 251-454-7794 or Connie Paulsen, 251-645-1196.