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DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece workshops, Arts & Crafts history and more

  • November 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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Around 1900, when the Arts & Crafts movement was in its heyday, a new art form was on the rise: the greeting card. Arts & Crafts designers embraced this new format, creating hand-printed cards that were displayed at craft exhibitions and sold through craft society shops. The Twin Cities Bungalow Club will explore this era with an illustrated talk by Anne Stewart O’Donnell, author of a forthcoming book on the topic.

O’Donnell will examine the Arts & Crafts cards and the careers of those who created them, with special emphasis on the leaders of the movement in the Twin Cities and Minnesotans who helped launch today’s greeting card industry.

The seminar will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hillcrest Community Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul. The cost is $3 (free to members of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club). For more information, visit www.bungalowclub.org or call 612-724-5816.

DIY centerpieces

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, here’s help for creating a seasonal centerpiece. Bachman’s is offering two Thanksgiving-themed workshops this week, part of a series taught by award-winning floral designer Diane Enge.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, you can learn how to make a modular Thanksgiving centerpiece that you can group together for maximum impact or separate to decorate multiple tables. The trio of arrangements, made with mums, sunflowers, fall leaves and berries, includes one large rectangular arrangement and two coordinating small circular arrangements that are perfect for pairing with a votive candle.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, back by popular demand is a how-to workshop on creating “the turkey centerpiece” — a floral arrangement in the shape of a turkey, using mums for the body and a bird of paradise for the head.

The cost of each workshop is $40, which includes all materials for your floral creation. To register, visit www.bachmans.com or call 612-861-7311. Both workshops will be taught in the Design Room at Bachman’s flagship store, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.

Holiday farmers market

It’s getting cold outside, but the farmers market season isn’t over. The Kingfield and Fulton farmers markets are joining forces for their first 2013 winter market, hosted by Bachman’s.

Inside a warm greenhouse, visitors can browse items from vendors offering local meats, prepared and preserved foods, coffee, cheese, baked goods, veggies and artisan jewelry, plus local beer, organic wine, live music and other activities. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.

KIM PALMER

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