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SCUCC to host Almost Spring Bazaar on Leap Year Day

By Staff | Feb 25, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Barbara Cecala is ready for her faux wedding ceremony to Elvis Presley to be held during the Almost Spring Bazaar on Feb. 29 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

An island church is set for its annual seasonal sale, and the public is encouraged to stop by.

The Almost Spring Bazaar will be held on Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The sale will feature a wide assortment of new and gently-used furniture and housewares, jewelry, toys, artwork, sports equipment and more.

There will be a silent auction with unique items, plus a baked goods table with tasty treats.

Barbara Cecala, one of the SCWIM – Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission – members involved with the planning and organization of the event, explained that it is a long tradition.

“We have been doing it as a fundraiser for years,” she said.

PHOTO PROVIDED Linda Winn is dressed for stand-up “groom” Shaquille O’Neal as Janice McNeal helps them celebrate at the Almost Spring Bazaar on Feb. 29 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

Proceeds from the bazaar are distributed among local groups that help families.

“One hundred percent of our profits go to our missions,” Cecala said, adding that the recipients are primarily island-based or local women and children. “We are very pleased to continue that.”

The Timeless Treasures for sale will include household goods, linens, pots and pans, dishes, items for children, sporting equipment, mirrors, lamps and even furniture, like tables, chairs and end tables.

“We’ve got a lot of beautiful paintings and pictures – sometimes patio furniture,” she said.

“You name it, and there’s something there that will fit your fancy,” Cecala added.

PHOTO PROVIDED Janice McNeal proposes to Marilyn Monroe's cardboard likeness as one of the special features at this year's Almost Spring Bazaar on Feb. 29 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

One unique item this year is an inflatable canvas boat, and the device to inflate it.

“It’s a good size boat,” she said.

In addition, the bazaar will feature one area solely for jewelry.

“They have been cleaning and sorting and pricing jewelry for weeks now,” Cecala said. “We’re going to have all kinds of jewelry. Everybody will find something that they like there.”

Another popular aspect of the sale is the bake sale.

“It’s all home-baked goods,” Cecala said.

Nicely packaged in small quantities, the goodies are a perfect treat for one’s self – or as a gift for a neighbor or friend. There will also be pre-sliced items for those looking to enjoy “just a piece.”

“We have a little bit of everything,” she said of the offerings.

New this year, the SCWIM is not pricing the sweets.

“We’re just going to have it on a contribution. We’re just going to say, ‘You pay us what you think it’s worth,'” Cecala said. “It’s something that is a little different approach, so we’ll see how we like it.”

For the silent auction, attendees will be able to bid on items and themed baskets.

“One of the things that has been popular in the past is the various church committees put together baskets,” she said, noting that there have been ones for shopping, children, wine, art and more.

“It’s a variety of things,” Cecala added.

Something else new this year is the day that the bazaar will fall on – Leap Year Day. She explained that the event is always held on the last Saturday in February. When they realized that it would land on Leap Year Day this time, they started tossing out ideas for something special they could do this year.

“So, we’re having a hitching post,” Cecala said.

As a humorous way to celebrate Leap Year, attendees can choose to “tie the knot” or “pledge” their love for the day. There will be wedding accoutrements like a gown and veil or skirt, flowers, tux and tie and such for the faux ceremony. Attendees in need of a “love” can pose with a cutout of a celebrity.

“There will be a ‘minister’ there hitching people,” she said.

For a contribution, they can have their photo taken and a “marriage certificate” drawn up.

“It’s just going to be something a little fun, a little wacky,” Cecala said.

Residents and visitors are invited to come by.

“It’s just a great time had by all, for a great mission,” she said. “And I think the Leap Year pictures and hitching area will just be a lot of fun to see and witness.”

For more information, call 239-472-0497.