Family Fun homemade holiday keepsakes!

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homemade holiday ornaments

Hanging ornaments on the tree is one of the most magical parts of Christmas, and if you want the experience to be even more special, making your own homemade ornaments is a wonderful way to create keepsakes you can cherish for years to come.


Fortune Walnuts
In European tradition, walnuts are painted gold and filled with a special fortune. The trick is to wait until the first day of the New Year to open if you want your fortune to come true.

Apple-Cinnamon Ornaments
This two-ingredient dough will stay smelling as delicious as the day you made it for years and can be cut into any fun shape you desire.

Santa’s Helpers
These adorable miniature elves are a must-have on any tree, and with a little help, make for a fun holiday craft project for kids, too!

Ugly Sweater 
If you have an ugly Christmas sweater hanging around, put it to good use with this simple ornament trick.


For more holiday DIY ideas, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/holidays.

Mushroom Mania at Islandwood!

Mushroom ManiaMushroom Mania: 11/15, 10am to 3pm

From Islandwood’s website: “Like mushrooms, but don’t know where to start?  IslandWood is the perfect place to start a lifelong learning journey with fungi.

On November 15th, you have the option to choose the mushroom hike best suited for your party.  Sign up for the early session if you are a family with younger children or the afternoon session if your party is adults-only.  Our guides have designed hikes that are age-appropriate, so please select the correct hike time and buy your tickets today.

IslandWood’s beautiful trails offer a wide variety of mushrooms both on the ground and in the trees.  We can’t wait to explore with you, but don’t delay — Mushroom Mania is always a sell-out!

Please visit our Mushroom Mania registration page below to buy your tickets.  If you are planning to attend more than one event, you will have to register for each separately.  Thank you!

http://www.eventbrite.com/o/mushroom-mania-2015-7492083021

Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm

Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm Join us at the Annual Friends of the Farms’ Harvest Fair!

Suggested donation at entry: $5.00 individual/$20.00 family.
New this year, Harvest Fair attendees may purchase wristbands for only $12.00, allowing unlimited turns on our rides and attractions.
Donations support the event, as well as Friends of the Farms’ work throughout the year.

Come and celebrate with us during this great family day on the farm!

Shuttles Available: Free park and ride shuttle with pick-up at Bainbridge ferry terminal for each ferry arrival from Seattle, from 11:00am (10:35 sailing from Seattle) and final return drop off at 5pm for the 5:30 sailing back to Seattle.  Shuttle also picks up at BETHANY LUTHERAN (Finch Rd and High School).

Fair Activities                 ____________________________________________________

–          Hay Jumping
–          Enjoy apple cider fresh from the fair orchard
–          Shop at the farm stand for fresh, local produce
–          Attend a seminar on local food topics
–          Enjoy yummy food with a focus on “local”
–          Talk with local master gardeners
–          Sample local beverages at the beer and wine garden
–          Take a tractor or horse-drawn wagon ride
–          Ride the land slide, young’uns only please
–          Enter the pie contest (enter by 11:30 pm)
–          Enjoy pony rides
–          Enjoy face painting
–          Join in the Friends of the Farms raffle to win great prizes

Take in seven hours of scrumptious local food and music while sitting on a hay bale, enjoying a beautiful day in the country.

Best Pie Contest
Put your best recipe forward at the Annual Harvest Fair Pie Contest! Winners for Adult and Youth categories will receive prizes.  Pies must arrive at the fair booth by 11:30pm the day of the fair. Judging (by professional bakers) begins at 1pm.

Turkey Raffle
Enter for a chance to win a locally grown turkey (who will also be attending the fair).  Raffle tickets sold at the Friends of the Farms fair booth.  The raffle drawing will be at 4pm.  All proceeds go to support Friends of the Farms.

The Harvest Fair Playbill
This year will showcase a variety of great local talent, with a few surprises throughout the day.