David Douglas Holiday Bazaar falters; Spring Craft Fair planned

The economy takes its toll on even long-running events like this one – hurting a college scholarship fund. But, find out what the PTSA plans this Spring – which may help send deserving DDHS grads to college …

David Douglas Parent Teacher Student Association VP Gina Andersen and President, Kari Deardorff say they look forward to a lively Spring Craft Fair to help support their scholarship program.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Today a shadow of its former self, the David Douglas Holiday Bazaar on December 5 featured about half the number of vendors it had had in better years, and shoppers were scarce.

“It’s our 13th annual bazaar, said the organizer, Kari Deardorff, President of the David Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). “We suspect it’s due to the economy.”

Nevertheless, many vendors did display a wide array of handcrafted and novel items, many with a Holiday theme.

“This does affect our organization,” Deardorff told us, “In that it’s the major fundraising event for our college scholarship program. We typically award six $500 college scholarships. If we’re not able to raise more money this year, we’ll be lucky if we can manage only two college scholarships.”

Although now half the size it’s been in past years, the DDHS Holiday Bazaar had a good selection of crafts on display for sale.

New springtime event revealed
To help bolster the scholarship fund, Deardorff said, they’re planning a Spring Craft Fair. “We’ve set the date for the first Saturday in May – May 1st. It’s the perfect time for folks shopping for great Mothers’ Day and graduation gifts.”

If you are a crafter – or know one – get in touch to reserve a table now. The new Craft Fair will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., much like the Holiday Bazaar. Call the special message phone at (503) 250-2413, or e-mail ddbazaar@yahoo.com with questions and inquiries.

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