At first I thought this post should be called “It Does Take a Village – Thankfully”, or something like that but decided that “It’s Coming Together” reflects what’s happening to get ready for the Christmas Tree Auction. It is really about many things all coming together; many things that can only come from a village and this special one in particular.
I’ll try and keep this short or at least relatively so. First off is a big, Big, BIG Thank You! to Dave and Linda Dorsey, owners of Dorsey’s Hallmark in Oakhurst, as well as to the members of the H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.S. (How Ornament Lovers In Denial All Year Survive) club for the very generous donations of Hallmark Ornaments for our Christmas Tree entry. These will surely help make our tree (which is donated by Bill and Carol Attwood – thank you to you two!) a truly special one. Here’s a quick pic and there is more info found in the Sierra News Online article here:
In addition to the full sized Christmas tree we will have a wreath at the auction as well. We wanted to have the ornaments for this prepared by many of the children that come to the museum and the great folks from the Central Sierra Woodcarvers group pulled together to provide us with blanks that could be decorated (Thank you Larry Smith and team!). They have turned out to be great little canvases for the kids to play with and create some unique craft pieces. Another very BIG Thanks! to all the children and their families to pitching in and donating their creative talents to this! An image gallery of some of the prep is below.
Scheduling changes: we definitely don’t like it but it sometimes happens. The combination of schedule conflicts and on-going preparation activities for this weekend’s events (Breakfast with Santa on Saturday and the Christmas Tree Auction on Sunday) unfortunately mean that we will not be able to support the Messy Hands activity this week (Wed – 10:30 to noon). We will definitely bring “The Mess” next week.Read More
There are many wonderful moments that just happen at the museum (one of the joys of working there) and this was one just last week. Twin brothers had helped out with creating some ornaments for our wreath that will be part of the 12th Annual Christmas Tree Auction this coming Sunday and then went back to exploring in the museum. They quickly dug into the sand in the “Dig Site” exhibit and were very focused on finding all of the bones that were buried there. They combined their efforts and mixed their styles and had uncovered about half of them after a few minutes when I heard “we can’t do anything but not stop digging!” And not stop they did until all six corners and the bottom of the sand box were unearthed and all the bones recovered.Read More
Hours: we are only closing for Thanksgiving day itself (ya know – to take care of all that turkey and fixin’s and stuff…). So the rest of the week we will be open our normal hours -
- 10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
- 1pm – 4pm Sunday
- Preschool and Homeschool Spanish are de vacaciones this week (on vacation… for the non-immersive folk) an will be returning to they regular times on Thursday and Tuesday & Thursday respectively.
- Messy Hand – Wednesday from 10:30ish to noon-ish
- Music & Movement – Tamara will be rockin’ the house at 10:30 Friday morning!
One note – that 11th Annual Christmas Tree Auction is a little less than two weeks away (Sunday, Dec 2nd) and we have a wreath still to prepare. A wreath that we really want the kids to help us decorate! So… the Central Sierra Woodcarvers have provided several Christmas/Winter themed cutouts to be painted up. These should be available throughout most of our open hours til sometime next week.
So you see – lot’s of stuff going on in addition to the normal awesomeness, so come on over, escape the whole Black Friday craziness, and spend some of the holiday week with us – we’d love to have you!Read More
December is right around the corner and that means some wonderful holiday fun! Kick off the month and the holiday season with Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec 1st and the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Live Auction on Sunday, Dec 2nd! More information on these events is found here.