Hilger to have old-fashioned country Christmas bazaar

How about apple juice or coffee and homemade cookies, as you stroll through the lovely displays with the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in the air. (You know we bake pies every morning and you can smell them baking as you walk in.) You don’t want to skip the wonderful lunch with soups, hot dogs, walking tacos and desserts: the sounds of Christmas carols and people getting into the holiday spirit. Come to Hilger for an old-fashioned country Christmas Bazaar. Here is the place to pick up all of those lovely homemade craft items done by local artists.

We’ll be open on two days: Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our location is at the former Hilger school building (the blue school at the top of the hill) in Hilger, 15 miles north of Lewistown. Watch for the signs and the huge candy canes out front.

There is the “Bake Sale to Die for” with everything from bread to any kind of pie you can think of. What is a “kolache” anyway? Dog cookies? Chokecherry jam, almond roca (get there early before the 4-H club has bought it all) raspberry scones, fruitcake, you-name-any-kind of bread, brownies, cookies or pie, 400 homemade caramels and fudge. You name it, we have it at the bake sale.

Once again this year, the raffle at the bazaar is on for an assortment of wonderful donated items by the cosigners and local town folk. We’re raffling a beautiful, twin-size double fleece blanket for those cold Montana winter nights or football games. Put that snuggly away; this is the real thing.

Many local organizations are helping at and contributing to the bazaar as a “thank you” for the use of the Hilger School as a community meeting place. Some of those are the Hilger 4-H Club, the Hilger Women’s Club, the Hilger Fire Department, family reunions, baby showers, wedding showers, potluck dinners and camp-ins (no joke; why be out in the rain and snow if you can camp in?) That’s just to mention a few. The schoolhouse was sold to a local, non-profit group 26 years ago to be used as a community hall and has functioned as one every day since.

The really big community service project of the Hilger Community Corp. has been happening in the summer and fall (rain and wind doesn’t stop us) and that is the hanging of more blue tin on the front entryway. The Hilger Community Corp is in charge of the maintenance and care of the former Hilger School (Community Hall). To pay for that massive project, the Corp has had raffles and a huge summer auction in 2015. Thank you to all of those businesses and folks that worked so hard to make our portico and tin-hanging project possible – especially the donation of the “genie” by Lewistown Rental. We would like to thank Dena Bolton, Alice Green, Karrie Sramek, Rick, Nona, Linda and Frank Knerr for all of the work they have done.

If you have any questions about the bazaar, the raffle, or maybe you would like to be one of our cosigners, call Shelly Van Haur at 350-1022 or Linda Knerr at 538-3507.

See you at the bazaar.

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