Tree Prize Winners for 2014

We have so much to be grateful for in 2014,  especially our supportive customers. So to show our appreciation and to honor the season and source of all this paper, we have been offering tickets  since early December for a lovely Blue Spruce tree.  With help from two kind young men (also excited readers)

These two excellent readers helped pick the winning tickets for both tree contests this year.  Thanks boys!
These two excellent readers helped pick the winning tickets for both tree contests this year. Thanks boys!

we drew a winning ticket on the last day of the year.  Congratulations to Suzanne Pfeil!  Hopefully her yard will be graced for years to come with this beautiful tree.  If you did not win this year, stop by Chalfant Big Trees where this one came from for a great selection.  I have a couple spots in my yard to fill….

We also have two winners for our favorite Storybook Tree Contest.  Each year we ask customers to come up with a list of children’s books that relate to our tree ornaments, and it is just the most fun watching families work on this together and reading what titles people come up with to go with our ornaments!  Tara and Tulie are the lucky winners of $25 gift certificates, which should keep them stocked in more kids books and maybe a little ice cream!

Thank you all for playing along!  Happy New Year.

Interesting & Unique New Local Books

We have two new books available from local authors, and another on the way….

photo 1The first is A Log of a Snow Survey by Patrick Armstrong, a Bishop and McCall, Idaho resident.  Mr. Armstrong began doing snow surveys in 1972, also the year he represented the US on the Biathlon team, and has continued the arduous skiing and backcountry survival required to measure mountain snow packs ever since.  You may not have given snow surveys much thought before now, but this book will give you a new appreciation for the challenge of measuring the West’s greatest water resource.  The book is graced with lovely artwork by Nancy Overholtz for another dose of local talent as well as some photographs.   Copies are available at $19.99

The second unique new title is an almanac style gardeningphoto 3 journal called A Gardener’s Companion, packed with local gardening information, timelines, and articles, and written by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Inyo and Mono Counties. Now is the time to be ordering seeds and sketching your garden plan, as well as a list of other activities you’ll find in these pages, so don’t put off picking up your copy!  If you have ever been frustrated trying to use Sunset’s broad climate categories, this book will be an immense help with specific ideas for climates ranging from Topaz to Tecopa.  It is also pretty to look at with a cover painting by Mickey Short and more artwork through out.  The price for this gem is $24.95.

And coming soon, a childrens’ book by local artist and author Shelly Wilson on Rudy the Baby Donkey.  Cute, cute, cute. Let us know if you want to be on the list for this one!

 

 

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.