TOWANDA -

People were Christmas shopping Sunday in Towanda, but they weren't anywhere near a store.

A shopping event was held at the American Legion as 19 vendors set up.

"I said, 'hey, let's have a vendor event, and we did," said the organizer, Jodi Herda, who is a member of the Legion.

She said there was a steady flow of traffic as people went from table to table.

At one table, a student from Elk Lake School District, Douglas Priestner, 11, was fundraising for his "People to People" student ambassador program trip next summer to western Canada.

With his dad, Dave, he was raffling a quilt and selling a variety of items to raise money.

Dave Priestner said plans for the trip include a journey out onto a glacier and visits with Native Americans and a museum of archaeology, and fossil digging.

"It's an educational experience you can't get if your family went and traveled," he said.

A total of 40 fifth and sixth graders, who were nominated by teachers based on grades and behavior, are going.

He said on a previous trip to this area, a child in the program found a bone, which led to the discovery of a new kind of dinosaur.

"It's not likely that will happen again," he said.

The cost of the trip for his son is $4,800. If you would like to make a contribution, phone the family at 570-833-5136.

Christine Griffith of Towanda was selling Mary Kay products.

She said business was good and it was a fun day.

Melissa Iddings of Tunkhannock was selling sterling silver jewelry.

She also reported good sales.

"Everyone who comes here loves ring, all the rings," she said. "Some people like the small ones, some like the big ones."

A shopper, Roxie Vanderpool of Towanda, appeared to enjoy shopping at the event and bought a personal care product.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.