Come into the historic village of Whitesbog for a day of food, fun, wagon rides, music, crafts and more!
Step inside our renovated buildings and shop for all of your holiday gift giving needs. The General Store will be open and offering tastings of our jams & jellies as the Accidental Jug Band plays on the porch. Step onto a decorated covered cedar bench wagon and take a narrated ride through the bogs (be sure to dress warm!).
The Barrel Factory, Worker's Cottage, Whitesbog Gallery and the General Store will host fine arts and crafts exhibitors with everything from crochet to pottery to candles to jewelry and so much more! Plus there will be special advance reservation DIY workshops led by artists and crafters so you can create something special for the holidays to take home with you, including terrariums, holiday wreaths, paper quilling and more!
The Gallery at Whitesbog will host an exhibit of the beauty that surrounds us in the Pinelands as well as offering children's crafts. The newly renovated workers cottage will also be the backdrop of holiday photos, with a local photographer offering mini photo sessions with a portion of the proceeds going to Whitesbog Preservation Trust.
Wagon rides will be offered every half hour starting at 11:30 am and run until 1:30 pm (11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30). Wagons will be decorated with holiday lights and will tour the village and the cranberry bogs. Please be at the wagon pick up location in front of the General Store before your wagon is set to depart so you do not miss it! We try to fill wagons so if you are not there, we will try and fill it at that time. Tickets do sell out in advance, so we recommend you buy them early!
Snowflake Paper Quilling Make & Take, 11:30 am with Carrie Weiss of Village Arts $25
Carrie Weiss will lead participants through the steps to create their own handcrafted 3" paper snowflake ornament to take home. Carrie and her experienced team lead a variety of art and crafts workshops for Village Arts in Allentown. In addition to the ornament made in the workshop, you will take home the tool and supplies to make 2 additional ornaments, perfect gifts for the holiday! Seating is limited in all of our workshops, so be sure to get your tickets early!
Candy Cane Hunt on the Bog Trail at 12:30 pm (Meet in front of the General Store) Jopin our volunteer elves in looking for candy canes hidden along the trail to Suningive House! Stop into Suningive for treats after the hike!
Terrarium Make & Take, 1:30 pm with Dee Thurner of PHS Meadowbrook Farm Nursery $25
Dee Thurner will lead particiapants through the steps to make their own beautiful moss and fern woodland terrariums to take home. Choose between a variety of upcycled glass shapes and includes plants, moss, soil, charcoal, stones and more. Dee is a fun and energetic experienced workshop leader for Meadowbrook and Greensgrow Farms and will let you know how to care for your terrarium ecosystem. Make great gifts! Tickets will sell out fast, be sure you buy one in advance! Limit 25
Holiday Centerpiece, 2:45pm with Kathleen Ostertag of Vernon House
Step into the rear of the Barrel Factory and use local greens to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Show off your inner Martha with a centerpiece created by you with guidance from Kathleen Ostertag of Philadelphia. Learn the tricks of a seasoned decorator and take home a piece complete with ribbon for the holidays! Participants are encouraged to bring their own clippers & scissors and basket or container (be creative!). There will be plenty of greens available for sale and ribbon will be made available. The only cost of the workshop is that of the greens you purchase from the selection available the day of the event. Pre-registration is rencouraged!