Calling all grandma’s |

Calling all grandma’s

In honor or rocking chairs, knitting, needlepoint and tea with cucumber sandwiches in the shade, three Markleeville businesses will offer a free “Grandma’s Workshop” from 1 to 4 p.m. July 18. The businesses are Wild Wools Fiber Gallery, The Mountain and the Garden and Grandma’s House.

The workshop will center on grandma projects in progress. Participants are encouraged to bring their knitting, crochet or needlepoint for a complimentary consultation. An introductory demonstration will be given for beginning enthusiasts.

In charge of the event will be grandmother, teacher and fiber artist Deirdre Wallace, owner/proprietor of Wild Wools located on the corner of Montgomery and Main streets. Wallace has been instructing knitting and needlepoint in the San Francisco Bay area, Sutter Creek and Carson Valley for more than 20 years.

She said of her pupils, “They have unfinished projects they need help with. I’m happy to help them unravel and move on. I’m also ready to answer any questions, meet beginners and discuss new techniques.”

Grandma’s Workshop participants will meet at 1 p.m. at The Mountain and the Garden, 250 Old Pony Express Road in Woodfords, for an introductory discussion. This historic bed and breakfast, owned by Linda Merrill, was the dream house of her grandmother Angie, who had operated the Merrill Hotel on the original site. The B&B continues to be a popular getaway for skiers, mountain lovers and those who travel Kit Carson Pass.

From Woodfords the grandma group will proceed to Markleeville for a visit to Wild Wools, followed by tea and sandwiches at Grandma’s House, 14800 State Route 89 on the Markleeville Creek across from the General Store. Now a bed and breakfast run by writer and potential grandma Claudia Conlon, Grandma’s House was the longtime home of Markleeville’s honorary grandma, Elizabeth Ellis Coyan, Alpine County treasurer for 50 years.

For reservations and more information call (530) 694-1700.

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