Mansfield kicks off holiday season

Dawn Ericson and Jackie Tupling consider gift ideas at the Mansfield Chamber Christmas bazaar held Dec. 1 at Pioneer Hall. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)



By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield residents gather to sing carols at the Chamber Christmas tree lighting event Dec. 1. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

The Mansfield Chamber?kicked?off the holiday season with a Christmas bazaar and tree lighting Dec. 1.

The annual bazaar was held at Mansfield?s Pioneer Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the tree lighting took place on Main Street next to the museum at 6 p.m. Both events were well attended.

The bazaar?offered a variety of homemade craft items and unique gift ideas for Christmas shoppers. Vendors?sold items such as sweet treats, knitted items, handmade jewelry and essential oils. The Chamber also promoted their yearly community calendars and the Giving Tree.

?I saw quite a few people I know already, met new friends, and made some great sales too,” said vendor Sue Powell Johnson?of Brewster.?”It was a wonderful day.?

?This is small town Saturday shopping,? Jackie Tupling of Mansfield said as she opened her bag to show off her purchases. ?I?m thrilled I could get everything I wanted for the kids this Christmas, right here in town.?

Dawn Woodsworth came into town to enjoy the festive atmosphere, visit with friends, and to shop.

?We fled Tacoma five years ago, and fell in love with this side of the mountains, and this town,” Woodsworth said.?”We are very happy and know we made the right decision to move here, and the shopping is great.?

Lunch of shredded beef on a roll, baked beans, coleslaw, and a choice of hot chocolate, tea and coffee was served all day.

Chamber President Mikia Schmidt said, ?We are grateful for the continued community support for the Chamber and the Giving Tree, and all of the events we put on during the year.?

The Giving Tree is supported by donations from the community. Forms are provided for recipients and those donating. The forms provide the information needed to make the tags, which are?selected from?the Giving Tree located at Mansfield Family Market. The Giving Tree is a?community tradition that helps families?that are struggling during the holiday season.

?We hand out a form where families in need can ask for specific items on their wish list such as clothing and shoes for the family,? Schmidt said.

?We would really like to expand our reach of items, for our recipients,? Chamber?vice president Mikki Lamar said. ?Furniture, especially dressers, cabinets and night stands, beds of all sizes are welcome. Also bigger ticket items like bikes and scooters, too. We have storage to keep these things, and it would benefit our community greatly.?

Later in the day, the tree lighting took place. A large group assembled on Main Street for the event. Song lists were handed out and the group sang many old favorites?such as “Away in the Manger,” “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” as the tree was lit. Afterwards, friends and families posed for photos?in front of the tree.

Getting into the Christmas spirit is a time-honored Mansfield tradition,?and the Chamber leads the way with holiday fun, shopping and singing.

For more information about the Chamber, call 888-5275.