Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Family traditions start here

Some new, some reliable events of the season

Express Staff Writer

Photo by David N. Seelig

There are truths to every annual ritual. Some will remain tried and true, some will be revised to suit the situation, and some new ones will be added to keep the traditions exciting.

It's time again for Papoose Club's 21st annual Holiday Bazaar and for the Festival of Trees, and it's the maiden year for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's holiday light display.

Walking in a winter wonderland

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will be glowing starting Saturday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 23, from 5-8 p.m. Paths will be cleared for visitors to wander through the magical space and take a break at the prayer wheel in the Garden of Infinite Compassion to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2012.

The site off state Highway 75 and Gimlet Road has grown by leafs and bushes this past year and is more vast. Pack a carload of people and warm drinks, bundle up and see the garden. Admission is $15 per car, $5 per person.

A preview night and chef's dinner slated for Dec. 2 have been cancelled.

Festival of Trees martini gala auction

The 14th annual fundraising event for Blaine County seniors starts Friday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Connection in Hailey with a fashion show by Panache and champagne luncheon. Tickets are $30. The grand gala evening, the showcase of trees creatively decorated and placed up for auction, will be held Saturday, Dec. 3. Masters of ceremony are philanthropic couple Rob and Kris Cronin. Cocktails and appetizers will be served while guests peruse the trees and a raffle drawing will include gift certificates for Atkinsons' Market. Tickets are $75.

Senior Connection Executive Director Kimberly Coonis has invited the public to come see the trees. They are free for viewing on Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1 at the Senior Connection, 721 Third Ave. S. in Hailey.

For tickets and information, call 788-3468.

Papoose Club 21st annual holiday bazaar

The Papoose Club is a vital source of income for a number of local childrens' organizations, which apply to the club for donations each year. It was started in 1954 by a group of mothers concerned about ensuring that no child be denied access to any sport or activity in the valley. In the past three years, the club has donated more than $77,000 to 44 local organizations.

Its seasonal fundraising efforts and events include the Wagon Days pancake breakfast and the winter Kindercup and Quigley Cup, ski races for kids 13 and under in both Nordic and alpine styles.

But the event that keeps on giving each year is the bazaar, a juried arts show that features high-quality hand-crafted goods from more than 50 vendors from across the West. A wide assortment of gift items will be available for purchase, including ceramics, hand-blown glass, clothing, jewelry, handbags, birdhouses, home décor, textiles and edibles.

"This is a fantastic event that really brings out the entire community," said Kristin Anderson, who chairs the 2011 bazaar. "We're very excited about the variety and quality of items that will be available at the bazaar this year."

Over the course of the weekend, Papoose Club volunteers will be offering fresh soup and selling homemade holiday cookies by the dozen. Tickets for an array of prizes will be sold.

Santa Claus will make an appearance on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. The Bead Shop in Hailey is sponsoring a children's activity and children can write letters to Santa.

The bazaar will be held at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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