Christmas Spree | Memorial Park Church | Craft & Vendor Fair

Christmas Spree, Coffee & Tea

16th Annual

Christmas Spree, Coffee & Tea

Since 2003, Memorial Park Church has been bringing local crafters and vendors together for the shopping event of the season! Join us this year as we celebrate our 16th year with cookies, tea, coffee, soup, and the chance to find that perfect gift for someone special.

Vendors

Get a sneak peek at what vendors are coming to the Spree!

Volunteer

Make cookies, greet at the door, & more! Volunteer with us.

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Photo Album

See pictures from last year's Spree!

About the Spree

The Spree is simply the perfect place to find unique gifts and get your Christmas shopping done early! From hand-crafted jewelry to hand-painted signs, homemade baby items to pet gifts and collars, upcycled furniture & antiques to fresh salsas, dips, and jams—you’ll find it all at the Spree.

Year after year, this event has grown exponentially and now features over 100 artisans and vendors. Last year alone, over 1,400 people attended the event where they enjoyed complimentary Christmas cookies (all homemade by the ladies of Memorial Park Church) and hot coffee, tea, or cider. Shoppers could be seen in every corner of Memorial Park’s two buildings, checking off family friends on that early Christmas shopping list. The Spree also offers meal options, including made-from-scratch wedding soup, broccoli cheddar soup, and hot ham or turkey sandwiches—Spree guests never leave hungry!

One of the reasons the event is so popular is that shoppers know when they are purchasing those just-right items, they are also shopping for a cause. The $2 entrance fee, soup & sandwich sales, funds raised from the auction sale, combined with the donations received from the vendors themselves, go toward supporting local and global non-profits. This past year, funds raised help support mission work in Tuxpan, Mexico, funded scholarships for La Roche students to attend Coalition for Christian Outreach’s Jubilee conference, as well as provided funds for a group of children in the Aliquippa area at the Uncommon Grounds Café.

Make a difference in the lives of others this year all while shopping for loved ones for Christmas—what could be better? We hope you’ll join us on Friday, November 1 from 4:00-9:00 P.M. or Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park for the Christmas Spree, Coffee and Tea. We’re certain once you’re here, you’ll want to keep coming back!

Volunteer

We have a number of volunteer opportunities that are scheduled in shifts so you can help out at the Spree and get your shopping done, too! Take a look at our opportunities below.

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Greeter: Open doors and greet everyone coming with a smile! Direct them toward the fee table and hand them a Spree program.

Front Door Fees: The Spree costs $2 to enter. Take fees, stamp hands with stamper and ink on table. Direct guests to auction table in MPC building.
Sell tickets for auction items. Tickets cost $2 for 5 tickets. Ask guests to fill out the ticket with their name and phone number.
Serve coffee, tea, and cider to guests. Keep cookie trays filled. Take cookie trays around to vendors at least one-time during shift.
Float around the rooms of your assigned building, asking vendors if they need anything. You may be asked to sit at their table while they use the restroom. Your smile and helpful attitude will go a long way with our guests!
Next to the Café, we are serving homemade wedding soup and homemade broccoli cheddar, along with hot ham or turkey sandwiches and drinks. You will be ladling soup and selling the items. Prices and all supplies will be in the room for you. A volunteer will be in the kitchen to help with restocking soup supplies throughout your shift.
Take cart with pre-packaged soup from kitchen, bread & butter, ham and turkey sandwiches, and drinks around to each vendor in both buildings. One person will handle money, one person will go on ahead of the cart with menus, asking the vendors for their order. Two people per cart; one cart per building. A volunteer will be in the kitchen to help stock the cart with supplies. Extra soup is available in the Clayton Center youth office in a roaster if you need to refill while over in that building.

Supporting Local and International Partners

Spree 2019 funds went to support:

Uncommon Grounds Café: We were able to throw a Christmas party for a group of youth in Aliquippa who all had lost someone in their family within the past year. Spree funds allowed for a veritable feast, complete with plenty of dessert options. Each child also went home with a bag of gifts to open on Christmas, and each parent was also given a gift. The party was held at the Uncommon Grounds Café in Aliquippa, and a grand time was had by all!

LaRoche University Students & Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO): Two La Roche college students were given a scholarship to fund their attendance at CCO's annual Jubilee conference held in downtown Pittsburgh.

Camp Kikomar: Games, crafts, and multivitamins were purchased to support families in impoverished mountain villages in Mexico. These families attended a week of camp at Camp Kikomar in Tuxpan, Mexico, and Spree funds helped support their arrival at the camp and the supplies they needed while there.

Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS): Funds from the Spree Soup Sale annually support our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), which is a community group of moms who gather twice a month at Memorial Park for friendship and encouragement.