Saturday, November 26, 2005
It was packed downtown today. There was umpteen separate events: the local Santa Claus Parade, craft fairs, photographic exhibitions and Christmas sales.
Jeff and I made our way into this shopping scrum around one o'clock to see how his mom was doing running her Childhaven fund-raising tables at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar.
We had to squeeze our way through the crowds, which is always a good sign when you are a vendor. We took over Jeff's mom's place while she took a little lunch break.
Oh, how I missed the indoor flea-market today! Back in the old days, when good old Norris ran the big flea-market in this very building, it was a thrilling sight for this flea-marketing girl to see a crowd like this milling about with Christmas shopping on their minds.
On the tables today there were Buddhist thangkas, Indian saris, caftans, and embroidered cushion-covers.
And check out these hats from Nepal: you'd never get lost in a crowd wearing one of these.
She made about eleven hundred dollars for the ChildHaven orphanages today. She's a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, is my mother-in-law. she's already into planning next years fund-raisers.