Markleeville hosts second annual Christmas Faire |

Markleeville hosts second annual Christmas Faire

by Joyce DeVore
Special to The R-CDowntown Markleeville is decorated for Christmas.

Markleeville will be celebrating the season on Sunday with the second Magical Markleeville Christmas Faire. Bring the whole family and a camera to our tiny village, which will be chock full of activities, specialty foods, shops packed with local art, and artists set up street side or in our general store or realty office, offering unique jewelry and gifts.Breakfast is available at 7 a.m. at either Sandy’s Markleeville Toll Station or at Ali’s Caf. Locally owned and operated, both restaurants serve specialty coffees, beautiful fresh food, and friendly service. Watch for the artists to begin setting up on the grassy area next to the Toll Station and in front of Ali’s Caf. The local shops, museum, and chamber of commerce open at 10 a.m.The chamber is a good place to start because it is the first building in town and offers maps, information about the area, and its famous Death Ride souvenirs. Across the street at the gas station, a team will be selling Yule logs and other crafts. The new owner of the art gallery, Laura Burt, has renamed the shop Markleeville Art & Soul. While maintaining the high level of art, Burt has added many new artists to the shop. Several of those artists will be in the shop for the event. There is everything from gift cards to hand-made soaps, to hand-knit hats and gloves, to glass and jewelry, as well as fine art.Next to the gallery, Intero Real Estate will host a demonstration of the popular Kendamas toy line. The Stone Fly restaurant will be opening its dining area for some artists, and the Deli will also host artists. Look for hand-woven pine needle baskets and jewelry made by the Washo Tribe. Local honey will be sold, as well as gift baskets. One building down is our general store, which will be open as usual, and selling Christmas tree cutting permits and hosting local artists. If you have yearned for a wooden porch and a squeaky front door, and those haunting memories of a general store, you will not be disappointed. It is authentic, locally operated, and still posts photos of the biggest fish caught in our area. Along the other side of the street, you will find Ali’s Caf and the Wolf Creek Restaurant. Santa will be in town for the day, waiting to talk to the children in the dining area of Wolf Creek. The restaurant will also be open for breakfast and lunch, serving specials and American cuisine with the children’s palate in mind. Due to popular demand, the Wolf Creek will sell tamales on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. Last year the tamales sold out quickly, as discerning diners carried off dozens for a quick holiday dinner at home. At 1 p.m., meet Virginia York at the courthouse for caroling. She has the songbooks and all the enthusiasm to lead a crowd singing through town. York told me, “I don’t know why people are so worried about singing on key. That isn’t the point. Just come and sing and have some fun.” On Hot Springs Road, which is on the way to the museum and library, one can make a wreath at Marsha Bennett’s and browse the hand-fashioned stone coasters and jewelry made by Dawn Riddle. The museum will be open for the day free of charge. It is a family friendly place, with lively displays, an old schoolhouse, the old jailhouse, and much more. It is a worthwhile climb up a hill for just for a view of the town. Our library is always the most popular spot in town. At 2 p.m., the librarians welcome all children for story time with Santa, crafts, and cookie decorating. The library is featuring a display of pottery by local artists Mark and Carolyn Vaughn. The pottery will be available for sale at several sites during the day. Although there may be signs that indicate some passes are closed for the season, the road to Markleeville is always open. Take Highway 88 to the Woodfords Junction and turn on Highway 89 to Markleeville, just six miles away. For more information, contact Evelyn Yonker at 530-694-1710 or email evelynyonker@gmail.comInformation is also available at Markleeville Art & Soul.Schedule of Events7 a.m. Restaurants open for breakfast10 a.m. Shops, museum, chamber and vendors openNoon Santa arrives at the Wolf Creek1 p.m. Caroling begins at the courthouse2 p.m. Library story time with Santa, crafts, and cookie decorating3 p.m. Santa and the artists depart Markleeville