Saying ‘Hi’ to Mother Christmas in Markleeville |

Saying ‘Hi’ to Mother Christmas in Markleeville

by Virginia York

In England, Santa Claus is called Father Christmas. Recently, I was talking with Marsha Bennett in the Alpine County Library, when the thought struck me: “Marsha looks like Mother Christmas.” Later, as I was checking out my books, Library Lisa told me that Marsha was organizing a Christmas event; how appropriate for Mother Christmas.

Christmas Cottage, for such is the name of said event, is going to be taking place over four weekends; be sure to mark your calendars:

Nov. 26 and 27 (weekend after Thanksgiving)

Dec. 3 and 4

Dec. 10 and 11

Dec. 17 and 18

Christmas Cottage will be in and around Marsha’s house on Hot Springs Road, opposite the Museum’s road end, a block from the Cutthroat Saloon. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local, home-made arts and crafts will be on sale, including fine hand-knitteds (particularly hats and gloves) by Deirdre Wallace of Wild Wool, Tanya Berger’s paintings, drawings and woollens (don’t miss the woolly happy monsters), Christmas decorations such as pine-cone animals, bird feeders and Marsha’s marvellous wreaths. There will be salves and face-cream for summer and winter, pine sachets to put on your wood-burning stove to scent the room, and sage smudge sticks.

On Dec. 4 only, tables will be set up for all of you, adults and children, to make your own ornaments, wreaths and bird feeders. Come and create something beautiful from nature.

And, of course, there will be food and drink. Sit and enjoy spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and a variety of baked delights. Home-made jellies will be on sale.

This is just a sampling of the activities and many items on sale at the Christmas Cottage.

Marsha Bennett ran the popular Auntie M’s coffee house in Minden from 1991-1998 and M’s coffee house in Markleville from 1998-2005. She is looking forward to seeing old customers from the Carson Valley at the Christmas Cottage. She welcomes everyone to sell home-made goods in the Cottage; there is no fee. Just call Marsha at (530) 694 -1748 to be a vendor at this festive event.


Turkey Bingo will be held at The Wellness Center, Hung-a-lel-ti, Woodfords 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Cards will be 25 cents each and the prizes will be turkeys, and food baskets for blackouts.

Refreshments will be served. The proceeds will go to the Washoe Community’s Education and Recreation. Everyone is invited.

Call (530) 694-2964 for more details.


Dale Bennet will be baking cookies and an impressive variety of pies, including pumpkin, peach and lemon meringue, to order for the holidays.

Two dollars from every sale will go towards plane tickets for three Woodfords students to come home for the holidays.

The students, Miss Bennet, Miss Burtt and Miss Pete, are attending Haskell College, an Indian college in Kansas.

Please call Dale ahead at (530) 694-0567.


Next week there will be information on the exciting Magical Markleeville Christmas Faire, to be held Dec. 4.