Way To Go, David & Dorita!

Quality goods a magnet for museum's bazaar

Ernst Lamothe Jr. Staff writer

(November 19, 2007) — Several times Sunday, David Reyen turned his booth into a mobile dressing room. As he held out a large mirror at every angle, women modeled pieces of his hand-dyed silk and wool clothing that they had just purchased.

David Reyen of Baldwinsville holds the mirror for Carol Graziano of Irondequoit as she tries on a capelet at the Rochester science museum's Holiday Bazaar. Reyen runs Reyen Design Studios with his wife, Dorita.

"Clothing is just another word for costume. So we're here to help people pick what kind of costume they want to wear for any particular day," said Reyen of Baldwinsville, Onondaga County, who runs Reyen Design Studios with his wife, Dorita.

With Christmas music softly playing the background, hundreds of people sifted through crafts, bought jewelry and tried on garments at the 37th annual Holiday Bazaar.

Hosted by the Rochester Museum & Science Center, the annual event continues to expand. This year, more than 170 vendors from five states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio, participated.

Reyen's booth was an illustration of a long-running event finding ways not to stagnant. "We keep trying to get more nationwide and state vendors because the more success we have with that, the more wide-ranging quality items we can offer the community," said Christine DeTurck, assistant chairwoman for the event. "And we have some one-of-a-kind treasures, with everything here being handmade."

The three-day bazaar, which ended Sunday, is one of the more lucrative fundraisers for the museum, netting $52,000 last year. "We usually only attend shows that have been running for many years because everything is always organized," said Reyen. "This is just another example of a well-run show. Thirty-seven years of doing an event usually means you know how to do it right."

Nancy Gillette had never gone to the Holiday Bazaar until last year when her mother dragged her. On Sunday, Gillette passed down the motherly nudging and took her daughter, Colleen, for some early Christmas shopping. Both left pleased.
"They have such high-quality things here. I love the jewelry," said Nancy Gillette, a Webster resident. Mary Jo Terrell of Spencerport, who had just purchased a small, green pocket photo album, is a bazaar regular.

"The great things they have here keep me coming back every year," she said.



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