Local shopping, open air market, music on tap
Twisp will be the valley’s local shopping and holiday entertainment nexus on Friday (Dec. 3) when merchants and the Twisp Chamber of Commerce host “Mistletoe Madness” from 3-7 p.m.
• Businesses throughout Twisp will offer discounts, drawings, promotions, cookies, cider, adult beverages and holiday cheer. Some businesses are hosting their specials during regular hour. For full details, visit www.TwispWA.com/Mistletoe-Madness.
• For the first time ever, Twisp will showcase more than 50 artists, makers and crafters with an outdoor winter market. Glover Street between Second and Third avenues will be closed, and lined with the booths of local vendors — an opportunity to support the valley’s artists and other creators of quality goods. Browse photography, jewelry, pottery, clothing, wreaths, mittens, books, paintings and more.
• There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides. Large candy cane poles and fire pits mark stops for rides provided by Darwood Outfitters, with stops from the north end of Glover to TwispWorks and back. There will not be a stop at Hank’s Harvest Foods this year.
• Santa and Mrs. Claus will be wandering throughout downtown Twisp and available for photos.
• Starting at 7 p.m., the Branding Iron, OSB Taproom and Twisp River Tap House all invite you to throw on your most beautiful ugly sweater and buy a drink at any of their locations to enter your chance to win a prize.
• KTRT The Root 97.5 FM will broadcast holiday music plus information about local sales, specials and products available throughout Twisp.
• The TwispWorks campus shops and studios will be open, offering more shopping, food, live music and holiday cheer. Artists will be set up at YourSpace and various TwispWorks studios throughout the campus.
• Members of the Cascadia Chorale will be caroling along the horse-and-carriage route starting shortly after 3 p.m. Students of the Pipestone School of Music and other local musicians will provide entertainment throughout the event. Ken Bevis will perform his original singer/songwriter compositions in a horse-drawn carriage. Steve Kish and Sue Sabin will play guitar duos outside The Cove. The Cove will also be a warming station, where people can go in to see their new headquarters and learn about their mission.
Pipestone students, the Liberty Bell High School ukulele club, and Laura and Casey Ruud (native American flutes) will play music at Confluence Gallery from 3-7:30 p.m.
Mistletoe Madness is presented by the Twisp Chamber of Commerce, TwispWorks, Confluence Gallery, Methow Arts and Cascadia Music, and is paid for in part with Town of Twisp and Okanogan County lodging tax funds. Business sponsors include 509 Automotive Insurance, Cascade Concrete, Fisher Refrigeration, Hank’s Harvest Foods, House of Cannabis, Methow Moments, Methow Motion Shuttle Services, OSB Taproom, Printmade Apparel, Room One, Riverbend RV Park, Serious Fun Studio, Twisp River Suites, Twisp River Tap House and VIP Cascades Agency.
‘What Local Looks Like’
Back this is year, coordinated by TwispWorks and the Methow Valley chambers of commerce, is “What Local Looks Like,” a promotion to support shopping with valley merchants. Anyone who spends $50 or more at any Methow Valley business, in person or online, can enter into a weekly raffle throughout December to win $100 at a Methow Valley restaurant.