by marlys good
Greybull’s annual Christmas Craft Bazaar gets bigger and better every year. This year there will be 68 vendors manning tables at the Herb Asp Community Center and 13 vendors hawking their products at tables set up in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, just a block east of the center, according to Recreation Director Heather Howe. Doors at both facilities open at 8 a.m.
Familiar venues since the bazaar got its start years ago will be the delicious homemade holiday candy made by the ladies of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Several years ago the women expanded their table and now sell the popular Rada knives.
Lenny Yenny will be another well-known face manning a table; if you have attended any of the past bazaars you are familiar with the delicious array of goodies she sells.
Chapter F, PEO, will be selling Sees Candy; River Road Honey will have a table filled with a whole line of honey products and you can purchase everything from candles to gift boxes ready for wrapping.
Also back will be Queen Bee Gardens out of Lovell with their pure honey confections.
Tina Ensz, formerly of the Kitchen Nook, will be selling household gift items (if you’re lucky, she might have a few of her delicious homemade cinnamon rolls on hand).
Raffles/fundraisers on site include a big screen television offered by the Greybull Lions Club, and a large gift basket by Lewisa Chapter OES.
Members/coaches of the South Big Horn County Little League will be selling chocolate bars to raise money for their sport.
There are also familiar franchise products available including Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Beach Body, Norwick Cleaning Products and Scentsi.
And it wouldn’t be a Christmas bazaar without hand-knitted/crocheted articles. You’ll find anything from hats, gloves and scarves to pillows and afghans.
Alan Pomeroy will be selling some of his photography along with hand-tied flies – quite a combination.
Lisa Goton Reesy’s table will include handmade jewelry and some of her original wood crafts.
The Shell Community Church will have a wide variety of cookies; stop by, select your favorites, have them make you up a plate, or a gift box and you can cross someone off your Christmas list. The proceeds will go toward local mission.
Browse all you want, then sit down and enjoy a bowl of hot chili and a piece of homemade pie being sold by the AWANAs. Tables and chairs will be set up for the diners’ convenience in a room close to the kitchen.
Head east for pictures with Santa and lots more
Venues at the First Presbyterian Church include one with leather works by Ed Smith and pottery by Faye Smith; original photography ornaments by Lisa Kunkel; the Presbyterian Church tables will include 2015 calendars, notepads and greetings cards; sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods. All profits goes to the church projects and missions.
The Greybull Middle School Student Council is sponsoring “Pictures with Santa,” from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Take your children, pose them with Santa, and you’ll get a free 5” x 7” colored print.
Em Wilson, Student Council sponsor, said the “Pictures with Santa,” is a community service project for the students.
Enjoy the warmth and stay for lunch, which will include soup, rolls and a piece of homemade pie and coffee served by the Presbyterian deacons.
Among the new kiosks this year will be Jamberry NailWraps courtesy of Jamberry’s independent consultant Karen Campos.
Nail wraps, Campos said, “are vinyl, heat-activated non-caustic wraps which can last up to two weeks. They are less than half the price of professional ‘nail dos,’ and there are over 350 designs from which to choose – from floral to modern wrap, to French tips and sparkles. They even come in junior sizes for that fun ‘mommy and me’ look,” she said with a smile.
Campos has been a Jamberry consultant for about a year. This is her first Christmas bazaar but “I did participate in the one last spring, and one in Basin.”
She is a fan of nail wraps. “I play musical instruments, and you cannot have long nails or acrylic nails. I always wanted to have healthy cute nails. Since ‘Jamberry’ goes over your natural nails, it allows me to have the fun designs to wear.”
As a personal consultant she can also work out of her home, over a website, and she does do in-home parties and can also do fundraisers. Check her out on: wyogirl.jamberrynails.net
Karen and husband Robert, who drives an activity bus for Big Horn County School District No. 3, have two sons and a daughter. They have lived in Greybull for seven years.
Like peanut brittle? Reggie Henderson of Basin will have 39 varieties/flavors of the long-time holiday favorite, with a slightly different twist. Not one of the varieties will include peanuts. Walnuts, pecans, almonds yes. Peanuts, no.
Henderson, who is retired, said he started experimenting with the different varieties about 18 months ago. He loves peanut brittle so, “One day I got bored, and on a whim I decided to make some peanut brittle.”
He went online for a recipe for the microwave variety – none of that long-drawn-out, stove-top kind for him, and the rest is history.
He uses the butter and Karo Syrup, but all other ingredients are powdered, dried, or fresh. His first “brittle with a twist” was made with Rice Chex. Didn’t turn out quite like Henderson expected; he found it tastes much better if you crush them. Since then it has been full speed ahead.
Each batch (makes a 10” disc one-pound) takes six minutes from start to finish. How many batches he makes a day depends on demand, but he usually makes six batches of one flavor at a shot. Each 1-pound batch is vacuum sealed.
He currently has between 120-130 of the vacuum-sealed packages on hand.
His 39 varieties include almond, smoked almond, Captain Crunch, Chocolate Cherry (made with Cocoa Puffs and real cherries), bacon, chocolate mint (his personal favorite), Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich (made with peanut butter Capt. Crunch and dried strawberries), cinnamon/cayenne. The other 25 plus varieties might surprise you.
And he admits he’s always trying to come up with different flavors. Some of them might sound a little off the wall, but Henderson laughed and said, “No one has ever complained.”
You can find Henderson on his Facebook page, Basin Brittle Company. Check it out. You’ll find a list of the flavors currently available and you can order from there or call him at his “candy store” (home) in Basin, 307-272-6272.
Henderson said he loves peanut brittle, he loves making it, but can’t eat it because he is a diabetic. “I can taste it though,” he laughed.
Stop and do your own tasting Saturday. You’ll be glad you did.