Stepping into the elementary school Saturday morning for the Holiday Breakfast and Marketplace was like stepping inside the holiday spirit.
After being outside on a cold, gray morning, the first thing a person noticed was the warmth. Not the kind from a furnace deep within a building, even though that was functioning just fine, but the fuzzy feeling a person gets from being around people who truly enjoy each others’ company. The second was an assault on the senses – there was the palpable feeling of excitement, the band playing Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, the smell of coffee wafting through the air and dozens of people bustling about perusing the 22 “stores” in the marketplace while searching for that perfect gift.
In the center of all the action stood a woman dressed in a red bib apron that looked like Santa’s suit. Her name is Beth Lesko, and she’s the current co-president of the PTA.
“The nice thing about this is it’s a nice community event. Everybody looks forward to it,” Lesko said.“You get to see friends and family and you get to shop for things people have made, nice homemade things, and then we have the silent auction up here on the stage. These are things that have been donated by local businesses – a lot of gift certificates, really nice items and a lot of homemade things again. People are so talented, especially in this area.”
As Lesko talked about the event a woman strolled up beside her. “This is JoAnne Crowson,” Lesko said. “She’s in charge of our cafeteria.”
“I’m like a lady of leisure,” Crowson said with a laugh.
Crowson wasn’t referring to a lack of diners, but instead to the number of people who had volunteered their time to help run the event.