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Much gratitude to everyone who attended/donated/created/supported the 2012 Casa Maria Tea & Bazaar!! Thank you all for making this year another HUGE success!!!

It's coming SOON!!!!

Mark your calendar -
Saturday, November 3, 2012!!!

9am - 2pm
Knights of Columbus Hall, Peterborough

Check here often for more info as it becomes available!!

Casa Maria Tea & Bazaar UPDATE
the inside scoop from set-up day .....
Sorry these are so late in the day getting posted - had an internet issue that I had to solve before I could get signed in! Aren't computers wonderful?
There is a ton of stuff!  Good Stuff!  You need to go and go early!
More Silent Auction Items:
(with my apologies, I do not know the names of all the donors but wanted to at least give credit where I could remember - definitely not meaning to leave anyone out .. a list will be provided at the door and we are MOST grateful to all of you!)
-Antique Duncan Fife Table - refinished, double leaf, one drawer
-2 colourful poppy prints on canvas (from Knock on Wood)
-room screen: tulips on one side, roses on the other (Knock on Wood)
-wooden photo frame room screen
-Tfal Actifry
-angel wall hanging - handmade by Jeannie Byrnes
-3 bottles of local maple syrup from Lakefield
-black leather wine carrying bag, 2 bottles of wine, 5 wine glasses
-7.5 foot boxed pre-lit Spruce Christmas tree
- pink child's chair (Knock on Wood)
-iron based table with round black granite top (Knock on Wood)
-2 lamps with 3 throw cushions (Knock on Wood)
-vase with flowers - framed print (Knock on Wood)
-2 CJ Milo stools or small tables (Knock on Wood)
-wooden double bed headboard/footboard/rails (Knock on Wood)
-Crazy Ladies quilt - made by Jeannie Byrnes
-Blue wool A-line coat with scarf (Dan Joyce's Classic Clothing)
-Perry Ellis men's winter coat (size XXL)
-3 drawer fancy chest (Knock on Wood)
(Now experiencing MORE technical difficulties! Please see picture below this description!)
-zebra print ladies jacket (Dan Joyce's Classic Clothing)
-2 black Phillipe Starck "Louis chairs"
-framed linocut zebra print by artist Catherine Hardigan
-grey & red Joseph Ribkoff jacket (Dan Joyce's Classic Clothing)

The 2 images above are from the baking table and the knitting/sewing table.
I had a couple of other images, but can't get them to load to tonight.
Apparently I have overwhelmed the system with the AWESOMENESS of the bazaar!!!!  :-)
See you SATURDAY NOV 5th     9AM - 2PM
2011 Casa Maria Tea & Bazaar
My aunt, Sister Ruth Hennessey, is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Peterborough. For a number of years now, my aunt, along with a great board of directors and volunteers, has been working tirelessly to help refugees. They assist people from countries such as Columbia, Equador, Somalia, Tibet; who have had to flee their homeland and are seeking safety and shelter in our country. Many have been forced to leave behind family, friends, and excellent careers in order to save their lives.
Following the info about the Bazaar you will find some links about some of the refugees. 
The Sisters own 3 houses in Peterborough known as "Casa Maria Refugee Homes". The Bazaar is their major annual fundraiser so please mark your calendars and get a head start on your Christmas shopping ...
Casa Maria Tea & Bazaar
Saturday, November 5th
9:00am - 2:00pm
Knights of Columbus Hall (opposite St. Peter's Cathedral), Peterborough
What's at the Bazaar? 
Over 100 absolutely beautiful gift baskets, wrapped and ready for giving - at great prices
Homebaking, homemade frozen pies - just heat, serve and pretend you made it!
Knit and sewn items, Christmas crafts and the Tea Room. 
Buy tickets on the draw to win: 1) Handmade Queen size Quilt donated by St. Anne's Women's Group, quilted by Bonny Fox  2) $1,000 cash, 3) $200 gift cert from "Knock on Wood and More"
Young and old line up for the chance to win great prizes on "spin the wheel".
A Silent Auction with items from Dan Joyce's Classic Clothing, Knock on Wood, and many other great donors.
(I was so excited to see the beautiful items that have been donated by Dan Joyce's Classic Clothing that I had to try them on and share them with you!  I handed my aunt my camera phone so you could get a sneak preview of these great clothes that will be part of the Silent Auction!!)
This set includes a very soft black mock-neck sweater, the red vest which is reversible and the scarf in this season's hottest animal print!  (old baggy jeans are mine & not included - heehee)
This jacket is by Joseph Ribkoff!!!  It would be a perfect piece for all your upcoming Christmas events paired with black slacks or skirt.
Such a fun jacket in a cool zebra print.  It doesn't show up in the photo, but the cuffs and front have some black and clear bling sparkle.
Keep warm and look hot in this A-line swing wool coat and matching scarf!  Beautiful button front coat. 
I TOLD you this was an amazing Bazaar! 
Check back late afternoon/early evening on Friday - I'll try to you an advanced sneak peek from inside the Knight's of Columbus Hall.
Please support the many merchants who are so generous to Casa Maria!
Hope to see you there!!!
"We do not ask who people are before we offer them help. We help because they are human beings like us." His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama
Casa Maria Homes for Refugees .... people they have helped .....
For many of the refugees, their stories won't be told publicly - the fear of reprisal remains.  But a blog on the Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough This Week site features the stories of some of the refugees who are creating homes and businesses in Peterborough:
There are several videos filmed by The New Canadian Centre in Peterborough which feature Khadija Warsame from Somalia:

Khadija was the New Canadian Centre Volunteer of the Year:

A wonderful place to eat in Peterborough is Karma's Cafe.  It's owner & amazing chef, Karma and his family were also helped by Casa Maria:

Mariana & Alberto came from Columbia:

And Paola, also from Columbia: