Victorian Christmas craft workshop is Sunday
Children can create one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays at one of the most historic venues in Sonoma Valley — Lachryma Montis, Gen. Vallejo’s Home.
The annual Victorian Christmas crafts workshop is a holiday tradition for many families in the valley. Now in its 23rd year, the drop-in workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the historic park, West Spain Street at Third Street West.
“It’s a unique opportunity to create historic gifts and ornaments and crafts that people did years and years ago,” said Jennifer Hanson, Sonoma State Historic Park volunteer coordinator.
Volunteers from the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association work in cooperation with California State Parks to present the event, held outdoors rain or shine.
Association volunteers — some dressed in Victorian costumes — and Sonoma Girls Scouts guide children through various crafts, each for a fee ranging from 25 cents to $1.25 per project.
Young crafters can make sachets, candleholders, leather crafts, mini floral arrangements and old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments. Children can visit 17 work stations of their choice, including the popular table for decorating homemade gingerbread cookies.
The event includes live holiday music and a special visitor from the North Pole.
Volunteer Linda Davis, the event chair, said the workshop is something both children and volunteers look forward to attending.
“The volunteers love to come and do the crafts with the kids,” she said.
Admission is free for children, $3 for adults. The cost includes self-guided tours of the Vallejo Home and the Mission and Barracks in Sonoma and Gen. Vallejo’s adobe rancho in Petaluma.
Complimentary cookies and hot beverages are served.
— Dianne Reber Hart