White Barn Winter Fair of the past

A couple of vendors pose in front of their wares during a White Barn Winter Fair in the past. This year's event begins Friday night and ends Sunday.

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Bring your family together for The Annual Bale Mill Pioneer Christmas, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Experience a slower pace during this holiday season. Participate in the handcrafts and old-time traditions to make pomanders and rosemary wreaths, string popcorn and cranberries, decorate gingerbread cookies, try your hand at writing a Christmas letter with a quill pen, twist jute into a rope or cut paper snowflakes.

Visitors can also enjoy watching artisans demonstrate their pioneer crafts of lace making, wool spinning, and waxed egg decorating. Gather around the wood stove to enjoy hot apple cider and cookies; help decorate the mill’s Christmas tree and sing along with our musicians and carolers.

Milling demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

The Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park is located between Calistoga and St. Helena on Highway 29. Admission is $5. Children younger than 6 are free. Those needing special assistance can call 963-2236 to make arrangements.

White Barn Winter Fair starts Friday

The White Barn will again hold its Winter Arts Fair from Friday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 10, to present artwork by a variety of talented local artisans and craftsmen. The event will benefit the relief efforts due to fire devastation in Napa and Sonoma counties.

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, a special preview night will include wine and dessert. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase in advance of the general public while they enjoy a festive evening. The suggested donation of $15 directly benefits fire relief.

Admission is free at the fair, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10. There is plenty of parking. The White Barn is at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave. in St. Helena.

The White Barn Winter Fair will feature a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a kind creations including, beautiful handmade jewelry, fine art originals, cards and prints, botanicals, wood working, screen printed textiles, ceramics, artisan foods, local organic honey, shibori scarves, gifts for kids, and much more.

Attendees can enjoy old world holiday shopping in an historic fire-warmed carriage house. For more information, contact Anne Garden, 415-279-5882 or by email: info@thewhitebarn.org.

Visit thewhitebarn.org for a list of vendors showing at the fair, with links to their websites.