Holiday Treasures ahead

Rebecca Herren/Seaside Signal Gayle Spear (left) and Marcia Hartill (right) stand next to a display sample of the range of items available at the third annual P.E.O. Holiday Treasures Boutique sale at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Seaside Elks Lodge.

The 2017 Holiday Treasures Boutique has found a new location for its third annual sale Thursday, Nov. 16. Because of the increased success and demand for high quality handmade crafts at reasonable costs, the boutique has expanded its floor space and hours of operation.

Now located at the Seaside Elks Lodge, shoppers will find more room to browse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for beautiful handmade holiday gifts, wonderful homemade baked goods and an assortment of one-of-a-kind crafts made by the women of P.E.O. Chapter FB.

Marion Benke, chairperson of the event states, “We loved our venue at the Butterfield Cottage for the last two years, but found that we had outgrown that site. The Elks have been so accommodating and we know that our loyal customers will love having more space to find the treasures we offer.”

Each member of the chapter has worked during the year to create and add to an abundant array of seasonal items for not only Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for year round décor. The winter “lodge” has been decorated to welcome all who are seeking that something special.

New items will be showcased. Gayle Spear and Judy Woodmansee have donated exquisite needlework pieces. A collection of handcrafted birdhouses, beach themed items and vintage jewelry will be on display. Children’s gifts including stuffed teddy bears, cookie filled trucks and doll clothes are waiting for a playmate. Fresh floral arrangements and wreaths designed by Diane Somers and Jan Smith will be ready to decorate homes.

An expanded bakery section offers luscious pies, cakes, cookies, jams, Nancy’s famous “Super-Duper” pretzels, rustic bread, blue ribbon beets and many more items to ease the cook’s holiday entertaining tasks.

Shoppers will want to come early for the best selection. All of the items have sold out the past two years.

The mission of P.E.O, an international philanthropic organization over 140 years old, is to support women in their educational endeavors. Proceeds from the Holiday Treasure sale benefit the chapter’s educational fund that supports women who are currently seeking undergraduate degrees, have decided to go back to school after being out of school for a time, or who are seeking graduate degrees.

Chapter FB President Jan Kenny states, “While we have new scholarship recipients every year, our chapter is proud to currently sponsor two local women including Alanna Kiefer who has received P.E.O. scholarships annually for the past four years and who will be graduating from OSU with a degree in marine biology in June 2018.

“Raedetta Castle, the manager of the Seaside Head Start program, has received P.E.O. grants and a significant low interest loan to enroll in the MBA program at Marylhurst University in Portland. She will achieve her advanced degree in December 2017.”

For more information about the scholarship program, contact any P.E.O. member.

Seaside Elks Lodge is located at 324 Avenue A across the street from Columbia Bank. Plenty of free parking is available in the east and west Elks’ lots.

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