The holidays are all about gratitude and giving. In the spirit of bestowing gifts, the Women’s Guild of St. Mark’s in-the-Valley invites women (ages 12 and older) to attend its annual Christmas luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. in the church’s beautifully decorated Stacy Hall.
A Santa Ynez Valley favorite event for more than 40 years, the Women’s Guild luncheon opens with a reception featuring sparkling wine, beverages and appetizers. The lunch coincides with opportunities to shop at the onsite boutique. Gift baskets, wreaths, holiday garden items, Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, baked goods, jams, jellies and marmalade are among the items featured at the boutique.
At 12:30 p.m., a sit-down luncheon, created by New West Catering of Buellton, will be served by gentlemen of the parish.
“We welcome all women, young and young-at-heart, to join us in celebration of the Christmas season at our festive event,” said Sue Doherty, 2017 Women’s Guild Christmas Luncheon chair. “In addition to the reception, boutique, delicious meal and caroling, we also will have a raffle featuring items donated by local merchants.”
Throughout the event, live entertainment will be provided by members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church choir, directed by Marnie Olmstead and accompanied by pianist Beverly Staples. There will also be a Christmas Carol sing-along for everyone in attendance.
The price of the luncheon is a donation of $40 per person, with all proceeds staying in the community to support St. Mark’s Preschool and programs for local families. The event traditionally sells out, so reserving early is recommended. Visit https://www.smitv.org/womens-guild-christmas-luncheon.html
St. Mark’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church practices a “spacious Christianity” and welcomes people of all faiths, or none. St. Mark’s is located at 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in downtown Los Olivos. For more information, call 688-4454 or visit www.smitv.org.