Piñatas created by Yvonne Bliss will be for sale at a bazaar taking place at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 18. [Photo courtesy of Yvonne Bliss]

Come enjoy a free ice cream cone while you peruse a new, monthly bazaar featuring food, handcrafted items, glassware and more.

The bazaar takes place on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Francis Episcopal Church. The ice cream social is from noon to 2 p.m.

Hosting an ice cream social is a good way to bring the community together, said church pastor Dave Sakrison.

“It’s a free event welcoming people to our community and our facility,” he said.

Like last year, the church will serve ice cream catered from Crystal’s Cakes and Cones, a locally-owned shop, at 26 W. Center St. The frozen treat is made in Ogden, shop owner Crystal Alvarez said.

The bazaar, which is a separate event from the ice cream social, was conceived by Moab denizen Victoria White Eagle, who said she wanted to create a venue where people who make handcrafted items could sell their wares.

She said she hopes the market will fill the void left by the cancellation of the Moab Farmers Market. White Eagle makes soap, candles, smudge sticks and other metaphysical-type products.

A few food vendors have already signed up to sell salsa, sandwiches and desserts.

A lot of glass dishes will be for sale at the bazaar as well. White Eagle said she hopes that farmers will come to sell their produce and other agricultural products.

Approximately a dozen vendors have signed on thus far and there’s room for more. White Eagle said she expects the number of vendors to grow as people learn about the bazaar.

“Hopefully we’ll attract entertainment — we want to recreate the farmers market — without the strict guidelines,” she said. The Moab Farmers Market is not scheduled to reopen this year.

“We have quite a few old-timers making jewelry; there are handsewn rugs, products for the kitchen, metal sculptures and other arts and crafts,” she said.

St. Francis Episcopal Church is making its property available for a very reasonable rate, White Eagle said.

One of its parishioners, Yvonne Bliss, began making piñatas years ago when she ran an adult day-care out of her home and wanted a crafting project to do with her clients. She started making piñatas again a few years ago as a hobby and sold them at the Moab Farmers Market. She said she’ll be offering her piñatas at the bazaar. Calling it her “piñata ministry,” 100% of proceeds from her piñata sales go to benefit the church and its programs, she said. Sakrison said monies generated from the event will help the church’s soup kitchen and food pantry offered to locals.

“I also make prayer beads, rosaries and meditation beads,” Bliss said, adding that she also makes crocheted items.

Several St. Francis parishioners will be selling goods and donating money back to the church, she added.

For the first bazaar, organizers are donating 100% of booth fees to the church, although vendors keep all proceeds from sales of their goods, Bliss said. The first month’s booth fee is $35, and after that the cost is $50. Vendors who commit to a year will be given a discounted rate, White Eagle said.

Food, jewelry and crafts at St. Francis Episcopal Church

When: Saturday, May 18, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 250 Kane Creek Blvd.

Cost: Free

Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 250 Kane Creek Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend; $35 for a booth; prices vary on items for sale

Info: Visit www.facebook.com/events/494213641111506/

“We have quite a few old-timers making jewelry. There are handsewn rugs, products for the kitchen, metal sculptures and other arts and crafts.”