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Annual Polishville Bazaar features food, raffles

The bazaar is July 9 at the Polishville Community Center
Jun 30, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED One of the quilts to be raffled at the Polishville Bazaar is the queen-sized “Polishville Sampler” handquilted by Teresa Mottet of Fairfield. The center of the quilt is a scene of a wedding party leaving the Polishville church in 1900.

The annual Polishville Bazaar is set July 9 at the Polishville Community Center.

The event is open to the public, and people of all ages can attend.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The dinner menu includes Polishville Swiss steak or skinless, boneless chicken breast, potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, salad bar, cake, tea and coffee. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children 5-12 years old; and free for children younger than 5.

If there is interest, bingo could be played from noon to 1 p.m.

Two raffles are planned at about 2 p.m.

The first raffle consists of quilts: one is a hand-quilted queen-sized quilt, with the design of a 1900 wedding party leaving the Polishville church in the center, by Teresa Mottet of Fairfield; the second is a knotted, standard-sized quilt in a random square pattern by David Shermanski of Keota; the third is a baby quilt by Joy Gillaspie of Fairfield; and the fourth is a decorative sofa pillow handmade by Jan Peck of Fairfield.

The second raffle is for gift cards and cash prizes.

Raffle ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Anyone who would like to donate a quilt, gift card or cash for the raffles can contact Polishville secretary/treasurer Bill Peck at 319-694-3495.

Peck also has information about purchasing tickets for the raffles, and anyone interested in donating to the association or cemetery also can call him for information.

Anyone who would like to volunteer during the bazaar July 9 or donate a cake or a salad for the lunch should call the association’s president Hazel Greiner at 319-694-5033 or Caryl Smith at 319-694-2242.

Those who attend the bazaar July 9 also can visit the Esther Johanna Peck Museum, adjacent to the community center. Outdoors, visitors can view the shrine in the Polishville Cemetery and the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin.

Peck said his aunt Esther donated the funds for the museum construction, which is why it bears her name.

The museum, built in 1995, holds items from the history of the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church and the people of Polishville.

The church, which had been sitting empty and unused since 1945, was often the target of vandals, so parish members had removed items from the church before it burned to the ground in 1971. Many of those items now have been given to the museum.

Among those items are: the big wooden wheel used to ring the church bell, handmade wooden candlesticks, bells from the altar, statues, photos of the church, first communion classes and much more.

A newer item in the museum is a book with copies of all the records of the Polishville church, including how it started, marriages, baptisms and more.

The Polishville community got its start in 1878 when 28 families branched out from the German Sts. Peter and Paul parish to start a church in which services would be conducted in their native language. The site for the church, near Germanville, 12 miles northeast of Fairfield, was chosen because the rolling hills reminded them of their native Poland.

The Polishville Cemetery Association was formed in 1977, and the Polishville Association Inc. was formed in 1982. One of the first projects was the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin, built by Tom Spalla of Fairfield. The grotto is built on the entrance step to the old church, and the grotto rock is foundation stones from the church. The grotto was dedicated during a centennial celebration in August 1982.

The Polishville Community Center was built in 1988.

The Polishville Community Center is 10 miles northeast of Fairfield on Pleasant Plain Road to 136th St., then on gravel for 2.5 miles.

For information about the Polishville Bazaar, Polishville Community Center, its events, the cemetery or the grotto, call Peck.

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