The Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar and Festival of the Trees Kick off the Season
While Parker’s wonderful community spirit shines through all year long, it is especially prevalent this time of year with an incredible variety of holiday activities, some of which benefit local organizations or groups.
An assortment of upcoming events are listed in this month’s Lifestyle Calendar, but here are two that are sure to give Parker area residents a jump start on their shopping and keep them in the holiday spirit.
Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar
For those looking to get an early start on their gift-giving purchases, the Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar is an absolute must. Hosted annually by the Mountain Pine Woman’s Club, the bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 Plaza Drive.
This year’s bazaar is expected to be extraordinary as new vendors join some of the old favorites and the club’s own Mountain Pine Craft Booth. With more than 100 vendors, there will be endless gift-giving ideas to satisfy everyone on gift lists and perhaps, just perhaps, a goodie or two for the shopper too.
But that’s not all. Baked goods will be available to take home and share, or be enjoyed by shoppers at the bazaar’s café.
The Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar is the major fundraiser for the Parker Mountain Pine Woman’s Club, with proceeds going to the Parker community, Douglas County and the Denver metro area. Funds raised go toward scholarships for Douglas County seniors, Freedom Service Dogs, Sky Cliff Adult Daycare, Heifer International, Fisher House, Native American Heritage Association, Arising Hope, Operation Smile, Santa’s Workshop, Praying Hands Ranch and other projects as the need becomes known.
Last year, the club contributed nearly $14,000 to various community and international projects that support women, children and those is crisis; build volunteerism and community spirit; and advocate fellowship and teamwork among woman.
The first 200 people who arrive at this year’s event will receive gift bags full of goodies. In addition, there will be a drawing for several gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.
If you’d like more information about the Club, which meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Pradera Country Club, visit MPWCParker.org.
Festival of the Trees
The second annual Festival of Trees is returning after last year’s hugely successful inaugural event put on by Cimarron Middle School’s PTO to benefit the school.
“Last year we hoped to give away 25 trees and have 250 in attendance,” organizer Lacy Matthews says, referring to the 2014 festival that raised thousands of dollars for the school. “We surpassed all goals when 750 people attended, and we gave away 54 trees and numerous door prizes.”
The 2015 festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Parkway. Like last year, trees will be donated by local businesses and organizations, and visitors will buy “tree tickets” to try to win them.
Many local businesses will be returning in hopes of raising the most possible money, including Kris Reimann, owner of Great Finds who last year helped with decorating the stage and donating a tree made of items from her store.
“My tree was rustic cast iron with vintage glass ball ornaments filled with organic materials such as feathers, twine, weathered paper, etc., hanging from gray yarn,” she says.
She says she was happy to participate because it helps the community.
“I love to do that,” Reimann says. “We have done other sorts of fundraisers over the three years we have been in business. That’s important to give back. We’re such a nice local community.”
Any individual, club or business that hasn’t signed up yet and would like to donate a theme-based tree should contact Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303.570.4619.
Tickets are required to attend the event. They can be purchased for $10 or $15, the latter of which includes a boxed breakfast from Chick-fil-A. Matthews encourages people to buy tickets in advance through Cimarron Middle School’s website. Cimarron families can also buy tickets Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, when they will be sold during the afternoon car pool and at the school store.