Committee members for the River Center Holiday Nature Mart, from left, Syrene Forsman, Marion Rutledge, Wanda Schneider, Tuttie Peetz, Shirley Anderson and Gretha Davis show off some of the goods and wares available at the fundraiser for the center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at the Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Committee members for the River Center Holiday Nature Mart, from left, Syrene Forsman, Marion Rutledge, Wanda Schneider, Tuttie Peetz, Shirley Anderson and Gretha Davis show off some of the goods and wares available at the fundraiser for the center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at the Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

River Center’s Nature Mart moves to Blyn due to construction

Volunteers look to fund education programs

For the 13th year, Dungeness River Audubon Center volunteers come together with their handcrafted wares and baked goods to support the center’s education programs.

The River Center Holiday Nature Mart is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23 at the Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe campus, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim.

Organizers said the move for the event is temporary this year from the River Center as they anticipate construction on the park’s new roadway and parking lot.

Volunteer Shirley Anderson said all funds from the fundraiser go back into Sequim.

“It’s not going to some innocuous pool (of funds); it’s going to the community,” she said.

Volunteer Tuttie Peetz said there will be thousands of items at all price points ranging from jewelry to baked goods to some of her driftwood art pieces.

“Each item is unique and creative,” volunteer Syrene Forsman said.

The tradition to make your own wreath and/or table arrangement continues too. Volunteers say you can bring your own items and include them.

Visitors can also snap their own pictures or have their photo taken with animals from the River Center’s collection for a donation.

Items cater both to the holidays and year-round, including a 2020 calendar showing photos of the Dungeness River Railroad Bridge through the seasons by Ardythe Wendt.

Wanda Schneider donated her “Swimming Salmon” hand stitch needlepoint in a professional frame for the raffle with 100 tickets going for $20 each.

Schneider said she’s happy to support the center.

“It’s all about the river and what it supports,” she said. “The river is so important.”

Anderson said they’ve set a goal to fully support the education programs at the River Center each year through Nature Mart, and they’re about one-third of the way there with recent earnings.

“Nature Mart has become quite the event,” Peetz said. “People wait for us to open the doors the day of the event.”

For more information on the River Center Holiday Nature Mart, visit www.dungenessrivercenter.org, or call 360-681-4076 or 360-683-6860.

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