Holiday cheer kicking into gear

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Photo by B&B Photography

Santa listens to the wish list of a young girl at the Stillwater County Swap and Shop Holiday Extravaganza held earlier this month in Columbus.

And just like that, the holiday season is here.

Three biggies arrive this weekend, with the Winter Bazaar at the Cobblestone in Absarokee, Nye Gets Lit and Project Hope’s Kids Christmas Shopping Day in Columbus.


Saturday will bring the Winter Bazaar at the Cobblestone, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will bring together multiple vendors from around the state who fill three rooms with a variety of gift possibilities ranging from quilts to woven items to home-baked goodies, as well as fine wood crafts, framed photos, painted glassware, knives, coin rings, Christmas decorations and signs, tie-dye clothing, wood burnings, rope creations, horseshoe art and more, according to organizer Rosie Reynolds. Representatives of LulaRoe, Mary Kay, and Do Terra brands will also be in attendance. Soups and homemade rolls are popular items at this annual event. A soup and bread lunch will be available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Reynolds at (406)321-4797.


The Second Annual Ladies Shopping Day at Beartooth Ford in Columbus will also take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is billed as “hard working entrepreneurial spirited venders here to peddle their goods. Come support your sisters and knock out a little Holiday Shopping.”


Sunday will see Nye Gets Lit, put on annually by the Nye Community Foundation that serves as a thank you to the community. Activities get underway at 5 p.m. at the Nye Volunteer Fire Hall with gourmet chili, chicken soup, hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments being served. The Nye school children and “local talent” will provide entertainment, according to event organizer Pam Oliver. The Nye Community Foundation is a non-profit group organized in 1997 that supports and promotes projects the benefit Nye and the surrounding area through grants and scholarships. Past beneficiaries include the Nye School, the Absarokee High School, the Nye Church, Kruizin’ 4 Seniors, the Stillwater Senior Center and the Stillwater Watershed Council. For information, call Oliver at (406) 328-7021 or Finis Sandlin at (406) 328-6277.


Also on Sunday is the ever-popular Project Hope Kids Christmas Shopping Day at the Stillwater County Pavilion in Columbus. For $3, children in kindergarten through the fifth grade can shop for up to five gifts. The event is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Items for the event can be donated at Beartooth Ford in Columbus through Nov. 30. Gifts have been filling up the 1932 Ford truck in the showroom all month. Organizers are looking for new items suitable for kids, moms and dads.