Downtown Tehachapi's shops and galleries will be full of holiday spirit for December's First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. (with Fiddlers Crossing staying open later).
You might want to begin the walk at the Errea House Museum on South Green Street where the Tehachapi Heritage League will have the historic home decorated for the holidays and its annual Holiday Antique and Gift Sale underway. The sale began Dec. 1 and proceeds will benefit the ongoing renovation of the Errea House. The restored dining room and kitchen will showcase unique toys and hostess gifts with an emphasis on Tehachapi produced items and small antique accessories; a great opportunity to catch the holiday spirit and find unique gifts.
Merrily Flanagan, featuring vintage jewelry and Alejandra Whittier with contemporary jewelry design along with a new Tehachapi jewelry designer, Mike Careati, will provide everyone with an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces. There will be antique items featured by Marybelle Gassaway, Cheryl Bovi, Harold Williams and others.
Tehachapi Candle Company will have an array of wonderful holiday scents and the Tehachapi Culinary Studio will provide olive oils and special cakes for hostess gifts. Local jams, jellies and other specialties will be supplied by Moessner's Orchard. A full selection of handcrafted items from Field of Dreams Alpaca Farm will be available and luxurious oils and lotions from Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, and products from Dries Farm.
The sale began Saturday, Dec. 1, with an opening reception on First Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sale continues until Dec. 23, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Errea House is located at 311 S. Green St. For information call 661-972-0958.
At Fiddlers Crossing, the artwork of Zoe Schultz remains on display through December, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Schultz grew up in Tehachapi and is the daughter of Randy and Valerie Schultz. The artist works in mixed media and uses a combination of image and text to tell her stories. Live music will add to the spirit of the season. As always, coffee and refreshments will be served. Fiddlers Crossing is located at 206 E. "F" St. For information call 823-9994.
Gallery 'n' Gifts is excited about their window decor by local artist, Laura McGinnis. A variety of handcrafted items as well as art and photography by area residents are on display and for sale in the shop. The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association's annual Christmas Boutique will feature participating artists during the First Friday reception and continuing through Dec. 31. As always wonderful fare will be provided for the evening. The gallery is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
And down the street at Oak Tree Art, Antiques, Etc., 102 W. Tehachapi Blvd., the kick-off for their Christmas display will be featured during First Friday with refreshments for visitors.
Just a short jaunt will bring you to the Back Street Gallery at 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd. and an opportunity to meet local photographer, Stephen Lee, featured artist for December. Live music provided by "Fiddlin' Red Hattie" and her friends as well as country guitarist, Ron Blair. Refreshments will round out the evening.
Heading back to Green Street, the Beekay Theatre is staging a full production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Alex Zonn, TCT's very own Scrooge-in-residence and directed by Jonathan Hall with a showing on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., as part of a run that extends through Dec. 8. Tickets are $15 and available at Tehachapi Furniture, 20346 W. Valley Blvd.; Johnny's Take n' Bake, 807 Tucker Rd. and Picture Perfect-Stamps of Approval at 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd. See the full schedule or purchase tickets at TCTonline.com or call 822-4037.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove, at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., is celebrating First Friday with Fun Fest. There will be food, wine and much to see. There will be tables for local artisans selling their creations with holiday and gift items and lots of interesting things from which to choose.
Treasure Trove also has a Secret Shopping Tent for children only (no adults allowed). A place for kids to buy gifts for friends and family and all items are priced at $10 or less.
Two doors down at Picture Perfect and Stamps of Approval at 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd. will be the monthly gathering for fiber artists during First Friday.
And, at the Tehachapi Community Church, an Alternative Holiday Gift Fair kicks off during First Friday, continuing on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9.
Gifts for sale are crafts from SERRV International which is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers world wide. Other items for sale are Sierra Club calendars, Heifer International animal adoption and cards, items from Tomo Kahni and Equal Exchange fairly traded coffee, cocoa and tea.
The church is located at the corner of Green and E Streets. The hours on Friday are from 5-8 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are from noon to 4 p.m.
The purpose of the Alternative Holiday Gift Fair is to provide the community with a meaningful alternative to holiday gift giving. All profits from the sale of SERRV crafts will go to the Salvation Army of Tehachapi. Call Tehachapi Community Church at 822-4443 for further information.