Foraging for Christmas cheer
For all the elves who love local arts, community gatherings, a creative environment, and farmer-friendly food, Christmas is coming a little early at Forager Brewery. A jolly series of events this week will pair award-winning beers with fun holiday activities.
“We want to support everything local,” says Forager’s owner Annie Henderson, explaining one of her brewery’s founding principles. “We work with over 30 farmers and hundreds of musician and artists. We are proud to support these talented folks financially and give them a venue to shine in.”
While at Forager, a glass full of their Dad Bod brew might help Santa’s belly shake like a bowl full of jelly, combining Christmas beer with Christmas cheer.
On the first day of Christmas, Forager brings to you… the Gathered Goods Meet the Makers night. Gathered Goods is a cute shop in the brewery that features local creators who make everything from bath bombs to beautifully turned wooden bowls. Some of the shop’s artists will be on hand to demonstrate their creativity. Alongside hot cocoa and a free kids’ winter art project, you might find the perfect gift for someone on your nice list.
The Gift of Music
Six (and sometimes seven) nights a week, Forager presents live music. Two of the standout acts this weekend will be Minneapolis-based songwriter Chris Koza, known for his work with his Rogue Valley band, on Friday and local guitar-slinger and singer Joel Ward on Saturday. These musical gifts will be “unwrapped” 8-11 p.m. both nights.
The jingle bells and clippety-clop of horses from B & L Hanson and Goldsmith will put smiles on all the good girls’ and boys’ faces during sleigh rides on Sunday. Be sure to reserve enough spots for each individual in your party through Eventbrite.
It’ll be a miracle if you don’t find something to take away from this market. Sunday’s pop-up market will feature everything from up-cycled clothes from Jo Jo’s Funky Threads to organic aromatherapy, jewelry, and lip balms. Cassandra Buck, president of local artists’ collective Gallery 24 and the entrepreneur behind Clover and Rose (located off Elton Hills Drive) coordinated the market. Buck calls Forager a “hub of creative energy” and is excited to feature our community’s art, while offering a fun, family-oriented shopping experience.
Beer We Come A-wassailing
The “Little Drummer Boy” can express his “Joy to the World” on Tuesday night with Beer and Carols. Dan Doering, pastor at People of Hope Church, has been hosting these events since 2012, but this year (co-hosted by Good Earth Village) marks the fourth beery sing-along at Forager. Doering says that while his church “prides itself” on being “non-churchy,” the event also fits with church tradition, as many Lutheran hymns were composed from tavern songs by Martin Luther himself. The event is free, but an offering will be collected to support the Lutheran Disaster Response’s efforts to assist victims of the wildfires in California.