By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: December 2008
Susan Balogh, Cindy Farrar, Erna Schneider and Janice Partridge invite you to one of Tulsa’s most anticipated holiday events, Carols and Crumpets, at the Tulsa Garden Center on December 6.
Get into the Christmas spirit at the 18th annual Carols and Crumpets on Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria. This highly anticipated event, sponsored by the Tulsa Herb Society, features artists and crafters from a four-state area.
Vendors will have an incredible array of herbal holiday gifts and decorations. Items include herbal vinegars, wreaths, teas, chutneys, spices, seasonings, soaps and lotions, live herbs and topiaries, baskets, pottery, candles, dried florals, tree ornaments, potpourri, books, jewelry, garden signs, calligraphy items, wood crafted gifts, willow trellises, birdhouses, hypertufa planters, jams, jellies, cookies, bee skeps, doggie treats, cutting boards, vintage Christmas décor, pillows, pine cone ornaments, small decorated Christmas trees and “green” bags.
Erna Schneider, cochairman for the 2008 event, promises to have plenty of favorites on hand. Holiday cranberry jam is always popular, as well as organic herbal vinegars and apple butter with organic apples.
Whether for edible or decorative items, all the herbs used at Carols and Crumpets are grown by the 90 members of the Tulsa Herb Society. All of the members share a love for herbs and a commitment to being good stewards of what comes from the earth.
Gorgeous wreaths are one of the numerous items that will be available for sale at Carols and Crumpets.
Preparations began in January, when 15 to 20 members assembled every Tuesday morning to work on a scheduled activity. Creative cooks practiced their skills in the kitchen. All activities lead to the big event the first Saturday in December.
Carols and Crumpets has become a holiday tradition for many Tulsa-area families. The atmosphere is magical. It looks great. It smells great. It’s clean and friendly, and it’s fun. Even husbands smile as they haul goods to their cars.
Some shoppers, eager to get the first picks and one-of-a-kind items, arrive when the doors open at 8. Then they linger until lunch is served at 11 in the beautifully decorated Snowflake Café in the downstairs ballroom. Others like to arrive just in time for lunch, which is served until 2, and then shop afterwards. Either way, lunch at the Snowflake Café is a memorable meal that you won’t want to miss.
This year the Herb Society’s distinguished cooks will feature a Mediterranean pasta salad with tea sandwiches on rustic breads, followed by a heavenly chocolate bar or cranberry rosemary bar for dessert. Lunch is $6.50 per person and includes your choice of tea or coffee. While you’re enjoying your meal in a Christmas wonderland, a Renaissance ensemble will entertain with holiday melodies.
The shoppers’ bonanza that draws more than 1,500 people each year put down its roots on a humble card table at the first Carols and Crumpets in 1990. The fancy Christmas meal included a few crafts that were sold within minutes.
Two seatings were planned the second year, and a few more holiday crafts were added. Again, the crafts quickly disappeared. The following year Carols and Crumpets was headlined by an herbs and spices oriented crafts show.
“People in Tulsa just love this event,” says Erna. “Neither rain nor snow will stop them from coming.” She adds that even ice storms have not kept vendors, members and shoppers away. Once people come for the first time, they’re sure to come back again.
Plan to be a part of Carols and Crumpets on Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free. The Snowflake Café will be open for lunch from 11 to 2.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.