Community invited to Perris Valley Historical Museum’s “Bazaar @ the Perris Depot” – Nov. 9

PERRIS — If you cherish real antiques or hard to find collectibles and are still looking for potential Christmas gifts – whether for family, friends, or yourself – then this weekend’s return of Perris Valley Historical Museum’s Bazaar @ the Perris Depot is the place you will want to be this Saturday, Nov. 9.


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Saturday’s fun and free event, which is just in time for the holidays, will feature booths set up by “juried purveyors” of one-of-a-kind handcrafted wares and fine art, and showcase “genuine” antiques, diverse treasures, vintage collectibles, art and handmade crafts, and unique products from local artisans and collectors. Products and merchandise from “unique, hand-picked” independent vendors and area businesses, both big and small will also be on hand.

The event will also feature “local singing ‘Sometime Country’ cowboy” James Isabel,  free museum tours and popcorn, and some “very cool gifts” will be offered during the bazaar’s Opportunity Drawing; all amid the beautiful ambience of the historic depot’s intimate Victorian garden setting.

“The Bazaar is important to bring people to the museum to see our beautiful historic Santa Fe Depot built in 1892 which is such a treasure for Perris,” PVHM president Katie Keyes said of the annual event, which first debuted in 2013.  “The profit we make from our annual bazaar helps to sustain our all-volunteer run museum.”

“The Perris Valley Historical & Museum Association was established in 1964 and is a non profit organization,” Keyes continued. “Besides the Depot, we also have an Archive in the old Bank of Perris building that houses historic Perris records.”

This year’s proceeds from PVHM’s bazaar, along with grant funding, will go toward the ongoing restoration of the beautiful and historic 1891 Hook House.

“The inside has now been completely restored including the foundation, electrical, plumbing, wood floors, new tile in kitchen and bathrooms, completely painted and the banister refinished,” Keyes said of the ongoing restoration project. “We have also installed new heating and air conditioning.”

“We are so proud of it and the history that goes along with it,” explained Keyes.

“The Hook Family were pioneers who came to Perris in 1887 and were in business in Perris for 100 years,” Keyes continued. “The outside of the house is the next thing that needs to be restored and we will be raising funds for that.”

“We hope to make it into a beautiful venue and museum to honor the Hook Family when it is completed,” explained Keyes; who said the museum’s next event after the Bazaar is a Nov. 16 field trip at 1 p.m. to the Lake Perris Native American Museum to celebrate Native American month.

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PVHM Board Member Cindy Chambers also encouraged area residents to attend the event, previously telling RCNS, “It’s a wonderful fundraiser created to help the museum raise needed funds for their many important projects. The museum is terribly under utilized by the local residents, who don’t realize what a little gem they have there.”

Saturday’s bazaar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown Perris, at 120 W. 4th Street, between C and D Streets. Parking for the event is free at the nearby Metrolink parking area northeast of 3rd and of D street, and there will even be volunteers to help you carry all your purchases to your car.

For more information about this fun and unique event, visit Facebook Events or contact Katie Keyes at (951) 956-9081 or by email.

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During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

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