It’s that time of year: the always hectic but joyful, holiday season. At Tamarack, where everything is Mountain State made, guests are greeted with the sounds, sights, tastes, and scents of the seasons.
According to Events Director, Kelly Elkins, artisan demonstrations, live performances and more bring the holidays to life. “Artisans who demonstrate now show how well handcrafted gifts fit onto everyone’s wish list,” said Elkins. Jewelry, toys, bath and body products, home décor, books, specialty foods, wines, glass, wooden bowls and cutting boards, rocking chairs, quilts, fine art and more are part of Tamarack’s wide array of holiday gift ideas.
Live performances include the always popular Treehouse Arts Ensemble production of A Christmas Carol with Gene Worthington as Scrooge. Tickets are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and cost $7.50 for the Dec. 11, 12 and 13 shows at 7 p.m. If the shows do not sell out, tickets may be available at the door for $10.
A reader’s theater adaptation of Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol, produced by Treehouse Arts Ensemble, will be performed on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 in advance and $10 at the door. Treehouse Arts Ensemble will donate all proceeds to the WRC.
Holiday music will be performed live on Dec. 17 by Psaltrio; Dec. 18-20, and Dec. 22-23 by John Yurick; and Dec. 19 by the Raleigh Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers. December Sunday @ Two concerts will feature WomanSong, Selections from The Nutcracker, and Billy Payne.
Experiences at Tamarack are also a good choice for a wish list, according to Elkins. Glass blower John DesMeules offers glass blowing gift certificates for individuals or small groups. Tish and Greg Westman create bowed psalteries and teach music lessons.
Tamarack’s current gallery exhibition, “Tea in Wonderland,” features photographs, paintings, fiber, ceramic and other depictions of tea pots, as well as whimsical art for the holiday season and beyond. According to Gallery Manager Molly Halstead, artists’ imaginative work creates a welcome respite from the noise of the season.
Executive Chef Jamie Henderson and his staff provide options to decrease the stress of the hectic holiday season. A complete holiday-to-go menu is available for pre-order to help with at-home gatherings or office parties. Bakery items, barbecue, side orders, traditional holiday fare and more are on menu. Space is still available for holiday events in the Tamarack Conference Center as well.
Located at Exit 45 off I-77/64 Tamarack is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. but closes at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and is closed Christmas Day. Tamarack closes at 5 p.m. on New Years’ Eve. Winter hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. run from Jan. 4-Feb. 28, 2015. For details call 1-888-TAMARACK, or email email@example.com. Information may also be found on Facebook, Twitter and at tamarackwv.com.