Memorial Park Church’s annual Christmas Spree, Coffee, and Tea set for November - PineCreek Journal

Memorial Park Church’s annual Christmas Spree, Coffee, and Tea set for November

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 10:53 AM


I don’t think I’m alone when I say that fall is simply perfect in Pittsburgh. We get it all — the crisp evenings, the great high school football games, the local apple orchards where you can pick your own, and the stunning fall foliage. You just can’t go wrong in October and November here in our little southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.

Another one of my fall favorites is the annual Christmas Spree, Coffee and Tea held at Memorial Park Church on Nov. 1 and 2. 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, Nov. 1 from 4-9 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-2 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!

For more information and to see a list of vendors, visit mpcepc.org/Spree.