Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 4th Annual Victorian Holiday Boutique

The annual Victorian Holiday Boutique has outgrown Prescott's historic Brinkmeyer house, so this year it's moving to the Smoki Museum at 147 N. Arizona St. across from Lindley Field, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 12, 13 and 14th.

The 4th annual boutique will be wheelchair accessible for the first time, and people won't bump into each other so much.
The boutique hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. There is no entrance fee and free coffee is available. The event accepts only cash and checks.

Forty-three crafters have produced hundreds of items perfect for holiday gifts, and most cost less than $20.

A short list of items includes miniature Christmas trees, cloth pumpkins, grunge dolls, ornaments, handbags, baby items, wreaths, pillows, walking sticks, jewelry, blankets, paper crafts, sachets, homemade soaps and other bath items, scarves, quilted items, photographs, books, paintings by local artists, cookbooks and lots of seasonal d├ęcor.

"If it ain't here, you don't need it!" co-organizer Bobbie Windham said only half-jokingly.

One shopper favorite is the hand-painted wine glasses with local sayings such as "What happens in Prescott stays in Prescott." Some are geared toward the Red Hat Ladies.

The sale also includes baked goods, and anyone who wants to donate food can call Nancy at 445-8765 or Cookie at 928 445-1645.

A special pink basket and pink Christmas tree raffle will benefit Jim Burch in memory of Angel Burch, a co-organizer of the annual boutique who died of breast cancer in August.

Proceeds from the boutique benefit the county government's historic Citizens' Cemetery on Sheldon Street. The Yavapai Cemetery Association is using the money to continue to build a metal fence around the cemetery to help protect its old headstones from vandals.

The boutique has raised more than $13,000 for the fence so far.

Over the years, many of the cemetery's headstones have been stolen or destroyed. It is the final resting place for thousands of Prescott's first pioneers, located at 815 E. Sheldon St.

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