Held in conjunction with the Pendleton Christmas Carriage Parade, Artisan Alley will feature a holiday venue for producers, artists and rural crafts persons.
In its third year, the event has attracted artisans and vendors from as far away as Heppner, Long Creek and Condon offering decorated gourd baskets, food products and other gift items. In addition, Wheat Springs Bakery, selling wheat berry products; Sharons Sweet Treats, baked goods; Clothesline Art, watercolors and photos; and Hugisonline, a snuggly fleece hat, scarf combination, will be on hand. Pendleton Center for the Arts also will have items for sale.
The event, which will include free food samples, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Heritage Station Museum, 108 S.W. Frazer Ave., Pendleton.
Kathy Ferge, coordinator with the Columbia Blue Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, is excited about the collaboration with the museum.
Barbara Lund-Jones, director of Heritage Station, and her board have been a tremendous resource and are great partners. Their facility provides a lovely backdrop for Artisan Alley.
Coordinated as a fundraiser for the Columbia Blue Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, it also is billed as one more opportunity for value-added agricultural producers and small rural business with an arts bent to sell their wares.
The nonprofit organization works with communities and individuals to improve their economy and standard of living through developing and utilizing natural resources in the region. The council serves Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler counties.
One of the councils focus areas for the past three years has been serving producers throughout the Columbia Blue Mountain RC&D region who are interested in adding value to their commodities, Ferge said. While the RC&D has a number of activities, this is a very real way of extending the sales season for some of our producers.
Council members, Ferge said, also are working to assist small rural businesses, especially in the outlying counties.
This event is the perfect fit to serve both audiences, she said.