The aroma of lemon pound cake, pecan pie and mistletoe wafted through the cramped wooden passageways of the Danville Community Market on Saturday as more than 100 vendors at booths sold wares to hundreds of patrons.
The Danville Holiday Bazaar, a yearly tradition in Danville, hosted a number of home-baked goods, handmade crafts, wine, honey, meats, wreaths and late-season produce. For some, this year became their first event.
“I started this year,” said Lisha Gilbert, a vendor who recently began selling her abstract paintings. “I started painting ... and I started coming down here to sell them.’”
Gilbert started her art career to help with her depression. Now she and her grandson, Jaylen Tolson, paint together and sell the artwork at different venues.
“This is therapy for me,” she said.
Another vendor, Barbara Huff, also sells personal crafts. She’s been crafting for 40 years, and has been a vendor at the bazaar for almost six years.
“I’m just glad we can have some place to sell them so we don’t have them lying around,” she said, with a chuckle.
Other vendors were there to sell their homemade desserts. Barbara Durbin — nicknamed “The Cake Lady” — has been selling her cakes at the Holiday Bazaar for almost seven years.
“I’m on my 21st year,” she said, talking about her baking career.
Durbin went on to name her and her husband’s favorite cakes to make.
“Plain, and Mike likes cinnamon. We sold 300 [pound cakes] last year, “ she said, a smile on her face. “We’ve sold 201 today, we’ve been rolling.”
Avent is a reporter with the Danville Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 797-7983.