That’s it! Thanksgiving is over and so commences the mad dash (through the snow) toward the New Year. The holiday season is among the busiest periods of the year, as emphasized by the fact that the Wood River Valley’s calendar of events is positively full to bursting.
For those valley denizens who simply cannot wait to get into the spirit of the season, several Christmas- and winter-adjacent events are on offer this weekend, but perhaps the top priority on the agenda for many is getting the holiday shopping done.
This is, truly, a time for gift-giving. In the valley in December, there is nary a better place to find the perfect gift than at the Papoose Club Holiday Bazaar.
For nearly three decades, the Papoose Club has held its yearly Christmas market, offering up a treasure trove of rare finds, edible treats and delicately handcrafted items to shoppers.
More than 50 artists and crafters from across the Intermountain West congregate in Ketchum for the Papoose Club Holiday Bazaar, peddling their wares and helping to check items off of Christmas wish-lists.
This year’s extensive catalogue of offerings includes ceramic items, hand-blown glass ornaments, clothing, textiles, jewelry, ornate handbags, handcrafted birdhouses, textiles, sweets and knickknacks.
For those who work up an appetite while perusing, Papoose Club volunteers will be serving hot homemade soup and freshly baked holiday cookies in the Soup Cafe.
In addition to all the items available for purchase, shoppers stand a chance to win a variety of unique items in the Bazaar’s holiday raffle.
Of course, first and foremost on the collective consciousness of the Papoose Club’s members are children. After all, everything they do, they do for the young’uns of the valley. For kids at Christmastime, there is only one name that truly matters: Santa Claus. As such, jolly ole Saint Nicholas himself will take time out of his hectic December schedule to make an appearance at the school on Sunday to visit with children and stoke the fires of excitement ahead of the holidays.
The Papoose Club Holiday Bazaar is free to attend and open to everyone. The market will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum.
Learn more about the bazaar and all the Papoose Club does at papooseclub.org.