Cooking at home is a virtue for the ladies — almost always ladies, rarely men — who organize holiday bazaars such as this. When the painstaking work has been carried out in their own kitchens, the bazaar itself can be as much about catching up as it is about raising funds. On this occasion the museum's own small kitchen, on the lower level, across the hall from the meeting room where gift-shop items were put to shame by a crowded display of baked goods, functioned primarily as a conversational nook.
On the baked-goods table I observed one lonely savory item, cross-cut sandwich slices (not shown here) of "Italian bread," ham, gherkins, and pale orange cream cheese. The rest of the display was devoted to sweets (lucky me), most notably these enticing crumbled-nut-topped apricot squares ($2).
Ukrainian Museum Christmas Bazaar
222 East 6th St. (Second-Third Aves.), Manhattan
(The 2012 bazaar was held December 8 and 9)