Valhalla rolls out the fan faire |

Valhalla rolls out the fan faire

Luscious rum cake and gourds painted like snowmen helped make it special.

These goods, and other arts and crafts, were sold this past weekend at the fifth-annual “Valhalla Holiday Faire” held in the rustic Valhalla Grand Hall.

A stoked fire, holiday songs, cookies and spiced wine helped the more than 2,000 weekend visitors feel at home.

“It’s beautiful … the music, the big fireplace,” said Nichola Bronk, an algebra teacher at South Tahoe Middle School. “They have some very nice soaps and aroma therapy and beautiful art work.”

The holiday sale also offered pottery, watercolor paintings, embroidered pillows, framed photographs and beef jerky, among other things.

Student choirs from area schools helped pack in the crowds Friday and Saturday by singing holiday carols.

“Saturday we had the biggest crowds, probably because they had entertainment, too,” said Chuck Lacey, co-owner of Silver-Wear, a jewelry business based in Gardnerville that’s been a part of the faire since its inception. “There were kids singing so they brought their parents and family, too. We had a couple hundred of people milling around.”

Twenty percent of the money raised at the sale goes to the Forest Service Restoration Fund, but the event is not the Tallac Association’s biggest money maker as far as fundraising is concerned.

“That’s not the purpose,” said Carol Spain, executive director of Tallac Association.

“It gets you in the mood for holidays in Tahoe … it just makes people feel good. And it’s one way to draw people to Valhalla for the first time to discover the space and realize the marvelous community building.”

Tallac Association is planning to hold two performances of “The Nutcracker” by Jim Gamble Puppet Productions on Dec. 4 at Caesars Tahoe Circus Maximus. Tickets for children under 12 are free with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For information, call (530) 542-4166.

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