Court St. UMC remembers past, looks to future with 60th Christmas Bazaar

Mallory Rueter, left, and Linda Mealy of Court Street United Methodist Church begin preparing six trees to represent the six decades of the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar. The 60th event will feature time honored staples of the bazaar, such as homemade pies and crafts, and will also feature new attractions like the trees.

Mallory Rueter, left, and Linda Mealy of Court Street United Methodist Church begin preparing six trees to represent the six decades of the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar. The 60th event will feature time honored staples of the bazaar, such as homemade pies and crafts, and will also feature new attractions like the trees.

Longtime visitors to the Court Street United Methodist Church’s 60th annual Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, will have a lot to reminisce about.

Themed “Then and Now,” the event will feature a display of six vintage and modern Christmas trees, each decorated in the fashion popular for every decade the event has spanned.

“We had committee meetings early on to decide how we wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary,” said Bazaar Chairperson Diane Burre Ludwig. “Someone said, ‘It’s 60 years, that’s six decades, so can we do six trees?’ We’ll have a tree honoring each decade.”

The theme has special significance for Ludwig. Though it is her first year as chair, she remembers working at some of the earliest bazaars in the late 1950s herself.

“I worked this bazaar when I was a teenager, waiting tables,” said Ludwig. “Then I grew up and got married and went away, and just came back last December. I wanted to get re-engaged with the church and have been doing these kinds of things for yearsb... this has a special place in my heart.”

In addition to the trees, the church will hold a hot chocolate reception for previous pastors and bazaar chairs at 4 p.m. following the festivities.

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