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YOUNTVILLE — On Saturday, a roomful of arts-and-crafts enthusiasts of all ages came to the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville to decorate hats with multicolored papers and ribbons, artificial birds and shells, and plenty of imagination. While some glued baseballs and basketballs onto their creations, others went for the romantic look, using pale blue or green ribbons.

“I love arts and crafts. And it’s fun to have an activity to do with my daughter,” said Holly Anderson of St. Helena, as she glued leaves on the paper hat of 4-year-old Audrey.

The event was part of the museum’s free, monthly Family Fun Day.

The theme of the day, “Do You Like My Hat?,” was inspired by the children’s book “Go, Dog. Go!,” according to Pat Alexander, director of education for the museum on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California. The event, sponsored by the Raley’s Family of Fine Stores grocery chain, took place in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

Family Fun Days are staged every second Saturday to bring out the community to the museum, according to Kristie Sheppard, the museum’s executive director.

Among the 30 or so visitors who stopped by Saturday to build paper hats was Shannon Parsons of Hollister.

Parsons and her family were visiting her grandmother at the Veterans Home when a bus driver told her about the free event. She came with two sons, 9 and 12.

“I like the fact that it’s something to do for the kids,” said Parsons, a special education teacher, as she glued paper on her hat. “This is a unique idea. I’m having fun doing it.”

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Navarrete of Napa came with her mother, her 18-year-old sister and two brothers, 10 and 13. Abigail planned to give her hat away to a friend as present.

She said she enjoyed the event as a family activity.

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“We get to interact as a family,” said Abigail, as she decorated the rim of her hat with a pale blue ribbon.

Grace Conrad, a Napan who works at the Veterans Home dining room, said she regularly comes to the museum’s Fun Day events with her granddaughter, Hailey Helton of Elk Grove. The events are fun for the kids, Conrad said as she and 7 1/2-year-old Hailey glued pink, flowery paper on a hat.

Others came on their own, without children. Rosemarie Walters, a self-described “mature adult,” walked to the museum from downtown Yountville with a friend to take part in the session.

“We thought it’d be something different,” said Walters, 76, as she and her friend worked on their hats during the two-hour session.


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