A variety of fun events in Richland will get you in the Christmas spirit! When you stop by Howard Amon Park to check out the Winter Wonderland on Dec. 2 and 3, make sure you also pay a visit to the Gallery at the Park, located on the pathway between the HAPO Community Stage, the Columbia River and the Richland Community Center. The Gallery will have a German-inspired Christmas market set up on the patio outside, complete with garlands and lights.
The custom of German Christmas markets dates all the way back to the Late Middle Ages. The Christmas season would be marked by the appearance of these street markets, which traditionally included drinks, Christmas cookies and handmade Christmas items such as toys and decorations. On Dec. 2 and 3, the Gallery at the Park will present its own version of the Christmas market. Gallery volunteers will be providing complimentary candy and warm cider, and in the spirit of the traditional European Christmas markets, they will also have gingerbread cookies for sale. Guests will also be able to purchase unique Christmas items made by gallery artists. On the days of the Christmas market event, the Gallery will have extended hours, staying open until 8:30 p.m.
Then, on Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Gallery at the Park will hold a reception for the Gallery Aglow show, an event that features hundreds of works created by local and regional artists. The reception is open to guests 21 and older, and wine, coffee and cookies will be available. For entertainment, the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society will perform, and gallery artist Gail Roadhouse will do demonstrations of watercolor cards throughout the evening. Gallery Aglow runs through the end of December.
The Gallery at the Park’s final event of December is Sharon Meader’s jewelry class, which takes place Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Students of all different skill levels can learn to make a beautiful “Caterpillar Bracelet.” As long as you know how to use a needle you can learn to make a “caterpillar” bracelet for the holidays from Sharon Meader at the Gallery at the Park. and thread you have enough experience for this class, and you will be able to create amazing jewelry! If you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, register online by Dec. 9.
The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
If you want to support a local business, help the community and get your Christmas shopping done all in one trip, just make your way over to the Gallery at 89 Lee Boulevard in Richland.
For information and registrations, visit the website at galleryatthepark.org.