The Easter Bunny, Easter candy, Easter baskets and Easter eggs will be making their first appearance of the season at the 15th annual Junior Woman's Club Easter Bazaar tomorrow.
Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, the bazaar will play feature to some 70 vendors from Carroll County and surrounding areas.
Craft items including dried flower arrangements, Easter candy, woodworks, stencil clothing and jewelry will be on display and available for purchase until 4 p.m.
In addition to the many crafts, hungry shoppers will be able to visit the cafeteria, where lunch platters, ala carte items and an assortment of homemade pies and cakes will be available.
"We will have turkey salad, barbecue, bean soup, turkey corn soup, hot dogs and lunch platters," said LaRue Lennon, co-chairwoman for this year's Easter Bazaar. "The turkey salad has always been a favorite, and all the food is homemade by the women in the club."
Since its origin some 15 years ago, the Easter Bazaar has been an important fund-raising event for the Junior Woman's Club.
"The bazaar was started by club members to raise money for the ways and means of the club. It is our main fund-raiser," said Mrs. Lennon. "The money that we make from the bazaar is given to other committees within the club that use it to make charitable contributions to community organizations or award scholarships."
Since the bazaar plays such an integral role in supporting the functions of the club, each member is required to make a contribution.
"We have about 50 women who are members of the Junior Woman's Club and all members donate their time to this fund raiser," Mrs. Lennon said. "Whether it's taking donations, working in the cafeteria, making food or helping with the many preparations, each member gives of her time."
Pat Kennedy, a Westminster resident who originated the Easter Bazaar idea in 1977, still participates by displaying and selling her dried and silk flower arrangements.
"The bazaar has been very well received and I think people really look forward to it," said Mrs. Kennedy.
Indeed, the bazaar has been a popular event, averaging between 1,200 and 1,800 people over the last several years.
"We can usually judge by the number of dollars we take in for donations. That does not include senior citizens and children who attend," Mrs. Lennon said.
The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster requests donations of $1, which will buy a chance for a door prize.
Senior citizens and children are not expected to make a donation.