Not One but TWO Tree Contests for Christmas!

bob-photo-3Here in our cozy book store, we are quite partial to trees on so many levels, from our favorite artists’ renditions of local trees to the trees outside the window, to, of course, the raw material for the lovely books on the shelves.  So for the holidays, we celebrate trees again this year with TWO contests.

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The Storybook Tree has become a tradition, and I love adding relevant ornaments.  All you have to do to enter is come up with ten children’s stories (or nursery rhymes, poems, or in a pinch, movies) that relate to the ornaments on the tree.  Easy.  There are no right or wrong answers, and in fact I enjoy seeing what springs to mind for some people.  It is really fun for multigenerational groups too!  We’ll draw the lucky winners from the entries on the last day of the year, and you can enter every time you come in, so your chances are great!

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The second tree contest is BIGGER and  better too!  With every $25 in purchases you receive an entry ticket for a lovely 4″ Blue Spruce from Chalfant Big Trees.  Or you can purchase chances for $5 each.  You could have the perfect Christmas tree in your yard for years to come if you win this one!   We will hold that drawing on the last day of the year too, and will deliver it to you if you are in the general Bishopy area.  I’m working on some bookish decorations too, we’ll see how that turns out, but in either case it is a gorgeous $150 tree, so don’t miss out on this drawing.

Plaid Friday & Cider Monday

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Yes I am shamelessly “borrowing” these ideas from other bookstores, but I think they are okay with it…

Don’t get sucked into the dismal, quagmire of Black Friday shopping- what a terrible idea anyway!  Makes you  think of the Stockmarket Crash and other catasrophic events.  I know braving the crowds in a mall would be catastrophic for MY holiday mood.  Now Plaid Friday is much more colorful, diverse, and just plain interesting, just like shopping in our local  bookstores, right? And Cyber Monday?  Why bother when you can enjoy Cider Monday at Range & River Books.  We’ll serve hot spiced cider all day, offer up some special deals, and even gift wrap! 

The Cider Monday idea comes from the well named Toadstool Booksops  in New Hampshire.  Here is what the owner, Willard Williams,  says about the shopping event, which I cannot put any better:

Shoppers are promised cider, smiling servers that will not crash, personal service and advice, the opportunity to touch and try before adding to the cart (err… armful), no logins or passwords, payment in cash if desired, and always free freight. Simply take your purchases home with you, no charge.

Locally owned stores everywhere are invited to join in this year’s celebrations.

 

 

Templeton’s Carnival 2014 – The Show Must Go On

The good thing about dressing like a gypsy is that no one notices your clothes inside out, and the good thing about throwing a crazy spooky Halloween party is that no one really notices when things are a little crazy.  So Templeton’s Carnival was just a little extra crazy, but the 60 plus  extra cute kids and their tolerant families did not seem to mind!  Ghost Story Party 2014 is in the books so to speak, and our first children’s event in the new store and third store event in a month….well what can you say.  Even my pictures are, um, crazy.

If it needs explaining, Templeton is the rat in Charlotte’s Web who over enjoys the State Fair Carnival.  Our version had some Halloween twists, and Halloween stories too of course, plus a gypsy fortuneteller, carnival games, a pig pen with missing pig,  clowns, and a few rats and spiders distantly related to Charlotte and Templeton.  I don’t think there were any nightmares afterwards!

I truly appreciate my staff and extra helpers who are all such good sports, as well as all of the families who show up to make it fun.  Thank you!!

Here are some pictures, hopefully I dig up some more with AJ as a web minding Wilbur’s pig pen!

Lindsey and her monarch daughter Sarah enjoy some treats!
Lindsey and her monarch daughter Sarah enjoy some treats!
Sarah doesn't mind sharing popcorn with this rat, but touch it?  No way!
Sarah doesn’t mind sharing popcorn with this rat, but touch it? No way!
Thanks Jen, and don't mind the rat in there.
Thanks Jen, and don’t mind the rat in there.
Chloe and Sarah practice some skills
Chloe and Sarah practice some skills
I hope George Washington has his sword handy, that Clown has a very spooky look in his eyes....
I hope George Washington has his sword handy, that Clown has a very spooky look in his eyes….
Gypsy Erin was surrounded all night by folks (of all ages) wanting to know the mysteries of the future!
Gypsy Erin was surrounded all night by folks (of all ages) wanting to know the mysteries of the future!
A little candy overload I think.
A little candy overload I think.
Well some carnies are cuter than others!  These two were a big help, and clearly enthusiastic.
Well some carnies are cuter than others! These two were a big help, and clearly enthusiastic.

Refreshment Time

Our wages are not that bad, but Courtney will "Work for Books", unless she runs off to join the circus.  Or maybe Disneyworld...
Our wages are not that bad, but Courtney will “Work for Books”, unless she runs off to join the circus. Or maybe Disneyworld…
Lord Cornwallis and George Washington mostly put battles aside to enjoy the carnival!
Lord Cornwallis and George Washington mostly put battles aside to enjoy the carnival!
Does a ghost HAVE a future?  This one is trying to find out!
Does a ghost HAVE a future? This one is trying to find out!
Step Right Up for some carnival games, just as hard as the real ones.
Step Right Up for some carnival games, just as hard as the real ones.
Anything I write may incriminate me, but they are cute right?  Thanks for being a good sport Colton.
Anything I write may incriminate me, but they are cute right? Thanks for being a good sport Colton.
Pirate Fairy and the Firefighter have arrived!
Pirate Fairy and the Firefighter have arrived!
Emma is such a great help - not everyone can run a Clown Face game with style and humor!
Emma is such a great help – not everyone can run a Clown Face game with style and humor!
Speaking of style - how cute is this Scarlett!
Speaking of style – how cute is this Scarlett!
This was the best witch hat I've seen!  And some of the most loyal customers!
This was the best witch hat I’ve seen! And some of the most loyal customers!
Pretzels, apple pie, hot dogs, popcorn and spider eggs, typical fair food.
Pretzels, apple pie, hot dogs, popcorn and spider eggs, typical fair food.
Thanks to these two, Dani and supercrafter Clara, many fairgoers made chalk and glue spider webs.  That's Terrific to quote Charlotte.
Thanks to these two, Dani and supercrafter Clara, many fairgoers made chalk and glue spider webs. That’s Terrific to quote Charlotte.
Awesome job by Sam and Celica helping kids build spider webs!
Awesome job by Sam and Celica helping kids build spider webs!

More Fair Food

What can I say, some 4Hers just never want to give up and leave the fair.
What can I say, some 4Hers just never want to give up and leave the fair.

Lynn Marit Peterson – Watercolors on Display at Chocolate Walk

I realized early in my art career that female’s names may change, so I decided to always use my middle name Marit as my art signature.  Good thing!photo

After teaching mostly junior high school art and being a “jack-of- all- trades” for 26 years, I finally settled down a few years ago to explore watercolor. Now a devotee to the medium there is always a painting sitting before me. With an abundance of breathtaking landscapes constantly changing in a never ending parade of shapes, shades and shadows, I am on inspiration overload. As a member of the Eastern Sierra Plein Air Painters my senses have been introduced to the pleasures of painting on location. I also enjoy painting in my studio where light flooding in my window on some object will motivate me to take brush in hand. I am especially excited with the possibilities of carefully combining color and composition and strive to make each painting an expression of what I see.

I received a BS in Visual Design from Auburn University, a Masters in Art from University of South Carolina and have taken and taught many art classes over the years. My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and shows. I currently have work at Inyo Council of the Arts, Bishop Art Supply Gallery, Radio Shack, and Mono Council of the Arts. I also enjoy showing in the Altrusa Show each year

After retiring from teaching in Germany with the Department of Defense Schools, I now reside with my husband Steve in Paradise in the eastern Sierra Nevada overlooking the lovely Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. I can be reached at

lmarit12@hotmail.com or Lynn Marit Peterson, 17 Sierra Vista Circle, Bishop, CA 93514 760-387-2646

Are You Ready for Chocolate Walk 2014?

Chocolate-Ice-Cream-chocolate-ice-cream-35927584-500-375We are tucked into our new Main Street location, and ready for the event we moved here for – the Chocolate Walk!  (Okay it is not the only reason we moved, but it IS a good one right?) 

Our newest installation of Robert Miller's art - these are some of my favorites so far...
Our newest installation of Robert Miller’s art – these are some of my favorites so far…

Our store will feature the art of talented watercolorist Lynn Marit Petersen and our favorite artist-in-residence Robert Miller will have several new, and stunning, pencil drawing prints.  From jewelry artist Julie Prange we have a lovely collection of bead and mixed media earrings and necklaces, and Beverly Schroeder has for sale some bead and metal earrings that make me drool. photo

Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.
Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.

Musical entertainment will feature the live, eclectic, and unplugged, sounds of father/son duo Mike and Matt Muldoon!  We have been trying to get these talented folks to perform for some time, and the schedule finally worked out – couldn’t be happier!  Mike will be on percussion and Matt will be playing guitar and vocals.  Music will start at 6:00.

And oh yes, the chocolate!  We will be serving Death by Chocolate Ice Cream samples and Night of the Iguana Chocolate Chai Tea.  This tea is named for the complex play by Tennessee Williams set in Mexico, and according to the supplier, lives up to that name in every way.  At least six mysteries share the title Death by Chcoloate, so pick your favorite for that one.  You have to appreciate the literary connections right?  Plus our staffmember Kayla is making us some Nutella and raspberry brownies that sound heavenly, and a selection of other brownies will round out the treat table. 

Please plan on stopping by sometime during the evening to say hello to our artists, start your holiday shopping, enjoy the music and the treats, and visit with friends on the front porch.  With this warm for fall weather, it really should be a nice evening.   Like some of you I’m sure, I’ll be dividing my night between the Homecoming game and the walk, but I sure hope to see you!