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Making Victorian Christmas crafts at Gen. Vallejo’s Home

DECORATING A CHRISTMAS TREE with handmade ornaments are 6-year-old Gretchen Botten (standing) and 7-year-old Lauren Cox at Gen. Vallejo’s Home.

DECORATING A CHRISTMAS TREE with handmade ornaments are 6-year-old Gretchen Botten (standing) and 7-year-old Lauren Cox at Gen. Vallejo’s Home.

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California State Parks, in cooperation with the Sonoma-Petaluma State Historic Parks Association, presents the 24th annual Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop.

All ages are invited to Gen. Vallejo’s Home at Third Street West and West Spain Street on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to create holiday ornaments and crafts – rain or shine.

The Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop offers children a creative and educational hands-on experience to be shared with parents and adults. Finished crafts are perfect for small, exclusive gifts and homemade tree ornaments, with glue and glitter galore. Admission is $3 per adult and children are free. To defray the cost of supplies, ornaments and crafts will cost 25-cents to $1 each. While creating a one-of-a-kind craft, participants can enjoy complimentary refreshments, participate in a Junior Ranger program, tour Gen. Vallejo’s grand estate and visit with a special guest from the North Pole. The Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club provides cookies for the event.

The workshop is dedicated to the memory of Kay Archibald, who selflessly chaired the crafts workshop for many years until her death. Like Kay, you can give back by volunteering for this event. Anyone who would like to volunteer can call event chair Linda Davis at 833-6896, or contact Sonoma State Historic Park volunteer coordinator Jennifer Hanson at 939-2149 or jhanson@parks.ca.gov.

California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors who need assistance should contact Supervising Ranger Vince Anibale at 938-9553.