What can we be to the rest of the world?
Well, each December we can look forward to Didi Thunder Coburn’s annual Christmas Bazaar, a two-day event reminiscent of an old world marketplace. And by purchasing goods and gifts there this year, you can aid those on the other side of the world struggling to survive.
Colorful, aromatic, and loaded with goods imported from the Himalayan region, the Bazaar has become one of our valley’s favorite traditions. 2008’s edition happens Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Many gifts will be priced under $45.
This year’s bazaar features Satya Yoga Jewelry, Tara Knits, furnishings, bronze ware, Nepalese rugs (at recession prices) and more. But perhaps the most meaningful offerings are the handmade necklaces and jewelry made by Eastern Afghans. Sales benefit “Inside Afghanistan,” a non-profit supporting the women and children in that war-torn country, where poverty, disease and starvation are commonplace. “Inside Afghanistan” works to provide sustainable income, establish schools, health care, and to initiate conservation initiatives and reforestation. Lapis lazuli, silver and gemstones have been mined in Afghanistan for 6,000 years.
It’s difficult to overstate this annual holiday tradition’s warmth and spirit. The Wilson Christmas Bazaar is located at the Coburn’s home, 1520 Fish Creek Road. Look for the signs and prayer flags, and bring a friend. For information, email [email protected] or phone 307-733-4124.