Princess Pine secretary Marg Bublitz with two of the organization’s raffle prizes

Princess Pine secretary Marg Bublitz with two of the organization’s raffle prizes

Princess Pine tea expands to include a market

The annual fall tea fundraiser hosted by the Order of the Eastern Star Princess Pine Chapter 67 this Saturday is expanding.

The annual fall tea fundraiser hosted by the Order of the Eastern Star Princess Pine Chapter 67 this Saturday is expanding to include activities for children and four popular home based businesses.

Hence the new name Tea and Market, says Princess Pine secretary Marg Bublitz.

“We are trying to attract more people, and some younger population, maybe with children,” Bublitz says.

The tea and market will be held in the St. Andrew’s United Church McKinnon Hall Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

With young children in mind Princess Pine has rented the adjacent Kindergarten room and hired an early childhood educator to help children ages five and up make a craft they can take home, Bublitz says.

There will also be face painting by donation. The market and children’s craft activities are free. Their famous tea with sandwiches, sweet treats and tea or coffee is only $5 per person, Bublitz notes.

Four local home-based businesses have been invited to join Princess Pine in presenting their wares for sale.

Cindy Reid will be there with Epicure products which include spices, lots of great cooking dishes, and kitchen tools which inspire clean cooking, Bublitz says. “They also have great teas, hot chocolate and mulling spices.”

Linda Ratcliff will be there with Tupperware products.

“Come and see what’s new in the iconic world of food storage and how much Tupperware has evolved to include cooking utensils, lunchbox favourites and so much more,” she adds.

Wiege’s Wooden Wonders will present beautiful, locally made wooden bowls and vases, wooden and antler pens, and wooden urns. “John (Wiege) makes fabulous wooden knitting bowls and so much more,” Bublitz says.

Sandy’s Hot Pads made by Sandy Fowler are a truly upscaled version of the regular old hot pads for the kitchen, she says. “They are great for gifting or buying for yourself,” Bublitz says. “They are truly a locally made must have.”

She says Princess Pine members will still have their popular home baking, canning and craft tables at the market. They will also be adding a used book section this year which includes lots of books for children.

Proceeds from this year’s raffle will go to the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre.

First prize is a beautiful handcrafted necklace called Night and Day made by Keith Jack valued at $350 and donated by Woodland Jewellers, Bublitz says.

Second prize is a Reva Schick Middleton Doll named Easter Blessing valued at $300.

“Third prize is our famous food hamper donated by our members valued at $300,” Bublitz note.

The draw will be made at 3 p.m. at the end of the market.

“If you’ve never been to our bazaar come and check out our new tea and market,” invites Bublitz.

“If you have been before come and check out our additions and changes. We think you will like them.”

Princess Pine Chapter 67 is a member of the B.C. and Yukon Order of the Eastern Star and raise funds to support a wide variety of local causes, and cancer research and assistance programs.

Members meet regularly to make bandages which are given to cancer patients free of charge on the referral of a health care provider.

Members also collect cancelled stamps, used and unused postcards, Campbell’s Soup labels and pull tabs from canned drinks which are then sold to raise funds for the Easter Star’s Stamp out Cancer projects.