(Posted Nov. 17, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Members of the London Federation of Women’s Clubs are hard at work manning their annual Christmas candy sale.
Every year, the group sets up shop temporarily in the Masonic Temple at 65 N. Main St., London. This year, the shop is stocked with more than 50 varieties of candy, including new ones like white chocolate cashew clusters, yogurt-covered almonds, and chocolate filled Belgian treats (hard candy on the outside, chocolate on the inside).
“We also have more pretzel varieties this year,” said Martina Walters, a candy sale committee member.
Toffee, dipped peanuts, gummy bears, coconut dips, cinnamon balls, brittles, mints, bridge mix, and chocolate in all forms and combinations are on the list, too, along with sugar-free options.
The candies are available for purchase by the pound, in gift trays, or as customized gift baskets and treat bags. The organization takes cash and check only–no credit cards. Customers can shop in-person or place curbside pickup orders. For curbside service, call (740) 506-7493.
The shop opened on Nov. 14 and will remain open through Dec. 21 (closed on Thanksgiving Day). Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays with the exception of Nov. 27 when it will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. during London’s Old Fashioned Christmas.
New this year, the Federation is holding a candy basket raffle. Tickets are $1 each of six for $5. The drawing will take place Dec. 16. Entrants do not need to be present to win.
The Federation took delivery of their first shipment of candy on Nov. 10 and spent the next day bagging, weighing, and putting on display the many, many pounds of candy. They expect to take more deliveries throughout the sale but encourage customers to shop early to be sure to get their favorite varieties.
Proceeds from the sale go toward the upkeep of the Federation’s home base, the Coover Club House on North Main Street.
The organization’s clubs are the Career Women’s Community Club, Coover Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Delphian Society, TAC Bridge and the Twentieth Century Club. Each club is required to maintain a charitable component to their programming. While not part of the federation, the Phi Beta Psi Sorority helps with the candy sale each year.