Festival of Trees Marketplace
A fundraising event for Gualala Arts
Friday - Saturday
November 28 - 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts' Festival of Trees Marketplace held November 28 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. kicks off 'Christmas on the Coast' for Gualala and the surrounding Mendonoma Coast. 2008 also marks Gualala's Sesquicentennial, 150 years of existence as a village of note. This year's annual Festival of Trees is a community celebration, a fundraising event for Gualala Arts as well as a step back in time to the ambiance of Gualala's past at Christmastime as an 1850's thriving mill town.
Festival goers will be greeted by delectable aromas emanating from the Old Gualala Mill Cookhouse and Old Stage Saloon in Jacob Foyer. The Cookhouse will serve up coffee and homemade coffee cake in the mornings, followed by award-winning clam chowder and real sourdough, vegetarian chili and cornbread.
Drinks include hot or chilled apple cider and for adults only, libations from Festival Sponsors
La Crema and
and our famous Scrumpy.
Activities for children abound, starting at the entrance of the Arts Center with a corral of miniature horses to pet (courtesy of Rebecca O'Neil's "Double OO Miniature Horses"), if weather permits. Inside and up the stairs is
The Magical Gingerbread House where children preschool through 6th Grade can participate in elf-supervised art, games and crafts, storytime with Mother Christmas, and caroling sing-a-long and other surprises. Santa Claus will be visiting each day to hear Christmas wishes and give out treats.
This year the Festival features two villages, Burnett Borough in the Burnett Gallery and again Kringle's Craft Village in Coleman Hall. Both villages will host booths decked out for the holidays and vendors dressed in period costume offering handmade crafts of the kind available during the 1850's... quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, woodcraft, folk art, pottery, soap making, jewelry of metal and glass, fabricated into marvelous gifts for all. Many will be offering demonstrations of their skills.
The Burnett Gallery's Gualala Arts' interest group show will morph into Burnett Borough, a holiday village of booths including Quilts & Kaboodles (Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild), with a variety of quilted items; The Basket Shop (Basket Makers Group), with fine hand-crafted baskets, gourds and other unique gifts; Beads n' Beyond, with hand beaded jewelry, ornaments and more; Woodworkers & Carvers, with wooden toys and decorative creations; Art in Fibers (Fiber Arts Group), with felted creations a multitude of wonderful fiber-based gift items.
In Coleman Hall, Kringle's Craft Village presents an array of shops: Caz Gal Soaps, handmade glycerin soaps in a variety of scents by Shirley Degerlund; Bolt's Notes, handmade note cards by Maggie Bolt, Peace Jewelry, lead-free pewter and glass jewelry, ornaments and more by Jan Edwards; YMP Design, Yvonne Pankowski's jewelry of precious metal and gemstones; WhichCraft Workshop, Jan Maria Chiappa's unique pottery, knitted scarves and the 2008 Festival ornament, Jennie's Fancy Fibers, Jennie Henderson's fine hand-woven chenille and ribbon scarves; Joan Rhine Designs & Jewelry with hand-fabricated paper creations and metal jewelry; Halderman's Houses & Folk Art, Bill & Sue Halderman's eclectic bird houses, feeders and folk art pieces;
and finally the acclaimed (and scrumptious) Mrs. Claus Bake Shoppe & Confectionery, run by Suzanne Hansen and Bobbie Penney, with cookies, candies, holiday breads, puddings and more in festive wrappings to take home or give as gifts or munch on site, donated by many of the finest local bakers and cooks in the area.
In the Fantasy Forest, decorated "theme" trees are for sale by Silent Auction or for "Buy it Now" prices, and are perfect for a vacation home, guesthouse, child's room, or as a thoughtful gift. The trees are designed and decorated by Mother Christmas and a talented crew of decorator Elves Sue Pollard and Vicki Hodge. Choose a tree from themes entitled: Nutcracker Suite, Spiderman Dreams, Chinoiserie, Poinsettia Passion, Undersea Fantasy, and many more. After the holidays, decorated trees donated back to the Festival will qualify for a tax donation.
Entries in the annual Gingerbread House Contest will be on display [download a
Deadline for entry is Nov.24]. The materials used and style of the creations run the gamut of the imaginations of our local artisan bakers and crafters. The Gingerbread Houses (decorative use only), like the trees, are for Silent Auction or "Buy it Now" prices. The Silent Auctions will end promptly at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will be allowed to pick up their Decorated Trees or Gingerbread Houses on Sunday.
The Shopper's Extravaganza Raffle lives on a festively decorated tree covered with special "ornaments," on the back of each is description of a prize donated by a local business or Festival vendor. There are over 50 prizes so far, with more coming in each day. That's a lot of winners! The list of Donors and prizes can be viewed at the Arts Center Foyer. Prizes will be drawn each hour both Friday and Saturday, and winners need not be present. Tickets are $2 each, 7 for $10 and 15 for $20, available in advance at Gualala Arts Center and by "hawkers" during the Festival!
Our sincere thanks to all the businesses, art groups and inidividuals
who contributed prizes to the Shopper's Extravaganza Raffle:
Address Beauty: Skin & Nail Salon
Adventure Rents Canoes & Kayaks
Anchor Bay Massage Studio
Arff Feed & Pet Supplies
Art in Fibers
B Bryan Preserve Tours
Beads & Beyond
Bolt's Notes & Such
Caz Gal Soaps
Cove Azul Bar & Grill
David "Sus" Susalla
Flowers by Natasha
Four-Eyed Frog Books, Inc.
Garden by the Sea
Go Jolly Nailspa
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala Arts FoT Committee
Gualala Nursery & Trading Co.
Halderman's Houses & Folk Art
Harmony Art Organic Design
Independent Coast Observer
Intuitive Touch Massage
Jay Baker True Value
Jennie's Fancy Fibers
Joan Rhine designs Jewelry
Kat's Dog Grooming
Mrs. Claus Bake Shoppe & Confectionery
Quilts & Kaboodles
Sea Ranch Golf Links
Shore-Pro Carpet Cleaning
The Basket Shop
The Cotton Field
The Dolphin Gallery & Shop
The Sea Trader
Upper Crust Pizzeria
Woodworkers & Carvers
Live musical entertainment will perform throughout the Festival. On Friday, the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringer Quartet comprised of Jeanne Jackson, Tina Ballagh, Lucienne Allen & daughter Davina Allen, will delight with the magical sound of English handbells. Wayne Harris again brings his 6, 12-string, resonator guitar and harmonica playing traditional carols and original compositions. On Saturday the acclaimed duo Calliope Creek, Janet Ashford on violin and Chet Boddy on guitar and banjo, will fill the halls with lively Celtic and American folk music including reels, jigs and hornpipes.
We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Gualala's historic anniversary with two days of fun, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family while shopping for that perfect gift. What a perfect way to get everyone in that Holiday spirit!
Live entertainment and other aspects of the Festival of Trees
are made possible by our generous sponsors:
Festival of Trees 2007
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.