St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sea Cliff is gearing up for its annual Bazaar, a chance for village residents and members of the wider Long Island community to head over to the church and grab some food, some homemade preserves, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The bazaar, which has been held every year for at least the last 40 years, also includes raffles, apple cider pressing, an array of vendors, and more. It will take place at St. Luke’s, 253 Glen Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jesse Lebus, the pastor at Saint Luke’s, explained that the bazaar is in many ways the highlight of the church’s year. Parishioners and volunteers have spent the last seven months organizing, reaching out to vendors, and most importantly, hand-making a wide array of jellies, jams, marmalades and other preserved goodies.
Janette Heurtley, the co-chair of the Country Kitchen, which oversees the making of the preserved food, has been helping organize the bazaar for the last 34 years. She said that while the work takes a while, getting to see people come together and enjoy their food and time at the bazaar makes it all worth it.
“It’s delightful because having all of the homemade stuff sort of established a niche market,” Heurtley said. “We have customers that even come from the South Shore and out east. I always encourage people to buy a whole year’s supply.”
This year the volunteers for the Country Kitchen outdid themselves, Heurtley said. They made over 1,100 jars of food, including more than 30 varieties of different jellies.