The creativity of local artisans will be highlighted at the Thursday Morning Club’s “Le Bazar de Noël” in a two-day Holiday Boutique from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave.  The bazaar which alternates with the house tour will return as the club’s major fund-raising event this year.  Proceeds will provide operating funds for the Madison Community House.

Susan Packie and Jeannie Kosakowski, co-chairwomen of “Le Bazar,” have been busy all summer lining up 20 vendors. Admission to the bazaar is $5.  The members of the Thursday Morning Club have donated a variety of gift items to “Members’ Treasures,” “The Pet Corner” and home-baked items to “La Patisserie.” “Restaurants Plus” will offer opportunities for a gift certificate.  “Le Bistro” will serve a delicious homemade lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $15.

Among the variety of displays, two are local exhibitors:  ‘Secret Garden Soap of Madison’ with handmade goat’s milk soaps and lotions and ‘Nancy’s Jewelry’ with handmade jewelry.

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‘Silver Touches’ will return with unique silver pieces as well as ‘Milleran Sales’ with upscale jewelry. ‘Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski’ and ‘Remy’s Gems’ are new additions.  

‘My Time Studio’ will highlight glass holiday ornaments while ‘The Birds and the Beads’ will feature glass paperweights, beaded jewelry and crafts.  ‘Chocolates by Renee’ will offer hand-crafted chocolates.

‘JoJo’s Bags & Things’ will exhibit handbags, clothing, jewelry (new and vintage) and scarves.  ‘Not Sisters Two’ will feature one-of-a-kind handbags, and ‘Compassion Fashion’ will present handbags and totes made from organic, recycled, sustainable material and fair trade items.

‘Accessories With Style,’ will display classic jewelry and a large array of scarves and wraps while ‘Randy and Sandy’s Unique Boutique’ and ‘Le Fashion Cottage’ will feature lovely fashion and accessories.

Some exclusive displays by artisans from the surrounding area and afar will include:  ‘The Personalized Party’ with customized party goods, kids clothing and rain gear; ‘Sweetwater Fragrances’ with handmade soaps, soy products and bone china gift sets; ‘Sew Cute Doll Clothes’ and ‘KK’s’ with felted wool mittens and jewelry.  

For information call (973) 966-6815 or e-mail or visit

Organized in 1896, the Thursday Morning Club is a member of both the New Jersey State and General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Club owns and operates the Madison Community House, Nursery School, and Before and After School Child Care program.  It is home to Dress for Success and provides a meeting place for the town’s various groups.  For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at 973-377-0244.

Photo:  Thursday Morning Club’s “Le Bazar de Noël” 2015 Committee

From left, front row: Mary Jane Burns; Jeannie Kosakowski, Susan Packie, co-chairwomen holding sign; Doris Costello;  From left, back row:  Eileen Ryan, Carol Hartel, Denise Bone.