Festival to benefit arts organization

Griffin Rogers
Elizabeth Gore puts the finishing touches on a cupcake display.
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Tahoe Arts Project will hold its second annual Holiday Festival at South Tahoe Middle School today in an effort to raise funds for performing arts programs and showcase local work.

About 30 arts and crafts vendors at the event will display a variety of handmade products, ranging from jewelry and quilts to soap and bath products. Most of the vendors are local, but others are visiting from around California, said Peggy Thompson, executive director of Tahoe Arts Project.

“It’s a great way to come start your Christmas shopping and support local artists,” she said.

Thompson expects a few hundred people to show up for the event, which is now free for all ages, she said. At the festival, vendors — some new to the event and some returning — will line the middle school’s multipurpose room so visitors can browse for gifts.

Tahoe Mountain Soap Co. is one local business that is participating in the Holiday Festival for the first time this year, owner Dave Carpenter said.

“It’s always nice to support the locals and do local events,” he said.

Carpenter will bring a number of all natural and handmade products to the event, including his popular honey citrus scrub soap, he said.

“People forget, what you put on your skin ends up in your body,” Carpenter said. “So it’s good to keep things simple.”

Thompson said it’s nice to showcase local work and handmade products, which can sometimes be more meaningful than manufactured goods.

In addition to arts and crafts, the festival will feature a raffle, a silent auction, face painting, dancers from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio and a visit from Santa Claus between noon and 2 p.m.

Raffle prizes will consist of themed baskets full of wine, bath soaps, Christmas products and more. Dinner coupons, Disneyland tickets and nightly stays at local resorts are a few of the silent auction items.

Several hands-on activities are also available to children throughout the day, and food is available from the Yum Truck.

Funds raised at the event will benefit the Tahoe Arts Project, which will in turn direct them to performing arts at various South Shore schools.

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