PLATTSBURGH — The Presbyterian Women, well, have done it again.

They have made soups, homemade biscuits, chilies and quiche galore for their annual Christmas Tea and Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Plattsburgh First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located on the corner of Brinkerhoff and Marion Streets, opposite the Strand Theater.

The Presbyterian Women ask patrons to please use the Marion Street entrance, with parking nearby in the County Government Lot and behind the former bank, on Marion Street.


This year's soup board includes corn chowder, Kielbasa, hamburger with barley, Canadian pea, cheese broccoli, harvest squash, tortilla, veggie chowder, red pepper and smoked Gouda, curried butternut squash, Tuscan beef and bean with kale, carrot and ginger, black bean and butternut squash, Caribbean black bean and pumpkin.

“I have to oversee the making of all the soups to make sure they comply with the Health Department regs,” Judy Bunnell, deli manager, said.

“This year we prepared more because last year for the first time ever, and I have been doing this a lot of years, we ran out of soup,” Bunnell said.

“We ran out of soup at 1:30, halfway through. I've always had a little left over to sell Sunday morning. We've asked people to make a half more than they usually do. Before we heat it, we will package some of it for takeout. So if anybody wants take out, we will give them cold soup. Then the rest of it is in crock pots, and that's what they eat there.”

Quiche varieties will include broccoli, ham and broccoli, Florentine (spinach), crab meat, Lorraine (bacon), smoked sausage and corn, asparagus with blue cheese, Greek style (spinach, feta cheese and black olives) and mushroom (Baby Bella).

“We also make the quiche at church," Bunnell said.

"We take one Wednesday a month, and we make more than half of them and I do some of the other specialty ones down at church.”

This season's slate of chili includes Darren's Chili, Trevor's Chili, Venison chili and Quinoa chili.


Family and friends can sit down for a “Silver Tea” with sandwiches and cookies.

After fortifying themselves for shopping, patrons can browse a plethora of items for sale including fresh Balsam Christmas wreaths, Bake Shop, Specialty Crafts and Boutique Shop, Hand-knits, Christmas Shop, Fine Collectibles, and White Elephant corner.

“That's stuff (White Elephant) that people have donated, and then we have the Christmas Room, which we took all the stuff that was coming into the White Elephant that was Christmas-themed and put it all together and call it the Christmas Room,” Bunnell said.


Fine Collectibles has been revived this year.

“It's the more expensive kind of stuff,” she said.

“We had somebody came last year and he was buying soup, and he said, 'I'm really disappointed that the fine collectibles aren't here.' One of the ladies who did it had passed away. I said, 'Well, we reach out to the community. Would you like to help next year?' And, he is. That's kind of neat.”

The bazaar donates all proceeds to mission projects, both worldwide and local.

Last year, the event raised more than $8,000.

“For three hours,” Bunnell said.

“It's mind blowing.

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