2-day craft fair at Coronado will aid band, orchestra programs

       More than 90 vendors/artisans will set up booths in the Coronado High gym for a two-day “Holiday Bazaar” Oct. 15-16. Proceeds will go to the school's band and orchestra programs.
       The times will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 15th and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 16th. Admission is free. The school, at 1590 W. Filllmore St., has a large parking lot, and the gym is among a set of school buildings west of it.
       Vendor items will include homemade jewelry, pottery, food, photography, paintings, wall hangings, quilts, baby items, doll clothes, wood gifts, cookware, wickless candles, purses and hats. “This is a great time to support the Cougar band and orchestra students and take care of your holiday shopping needs as well,” commented event organizer Brian Kohls.
       There will also be a silent auction. Items will include one from each vendor, plus others donated by local businesses, he said.
       Band and orchestra students will help shoppers carry their purchases to their cars; they will also perform at different times, Kohls said.
       This will be his second fundraising bazaar in the gym this year. The first was last April, a one-day affair with 65 crafters that raised $3,200 to help the football team buy new equipment.
       The band, orchestra and football were chosen for assistance because they are school “groups with a lot of expenses,” said Kohls, who most recently worked with the school PTA to coordinate the inaugural Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Coronado Homecoming Parade Sept. 24.
       Alan Combs, the band director, said the bazaar “will go towards our general band and orchestra account to pay for equipment, music and other operating expenses.” Also this school year, he said, the band has three trips planned - the Wind Ensemble to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra to the Myerson Concert Hall in Dallas and the two Jazz Bands to the Greeley Jazz Festival.
       Kohls said he plans to organize two bazaars again next year and to designate the same beneficiaries (football in the spring and band/orchestra in the fall).

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