‘Tis the season: Dayton House Extravaganza to take place Thursday
WORTHINGTON -- Time to toss those carved pumpkins and dig out those Christmas stockings -- this Thursday is the Historic Dayton House's annual Holiday Extravaganza fundraiser.
WORTHINGTON - Time to toss those carved pumpkins and dig out those Christmas stockings - this Thursday is the Historic Dayton House’s annual Holiday Extravaganza fundraiser.
“Every year this event comes up so fast,” Kari Meyer, a Dayton House board of directors member, said. “I can’t believe it. As of Thursday, Nov. 5, we only have about 50 shopping days ’til Christmas.”
“(The fundraiser is) a great way to kick off your holiday shopping and get started on … those holiday gifts at the Dayton House at the Holiday Extravaganza.”
The fundraiser will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and will feature approximately 16 vendors, a wine/beer bar and cheese hors d’oeuvres donated by Hy-Vee.
Jolyn Nordseth, founder of Taberay, will be one of the featured vendors. One of her top selling items is personalized engraved cutting boards made from select-grade, northern grown hard maple.
“Northern-grown hard maple with its very dense grain characteristics is both cutlery-friendly and resistant to staining, making it one of the finest woods available for cutting boards,” Nordseth said. “There are still many people who don’t realize what we have to offer in our area, and we have just recently begun marketing our items.
“We are looking forward to the Dayton House event and letting people in our area know we are here for their personalization needs.”
Michelle Saylor and her husband, Rich, own another business offering specialty items with a personal touch.
Polished Pepper is a business based out of Arizona. Michelle said her sister, who lives in Lakefield, will be at the extravaganza displaying the Saylor’s handcrafted items.
Saylor said she and her husband stumbled into a side business of turning silverware into jewelry.
“We make a lot of jewelry for people out of their grandmother’s silverware,” Saylor said. “It makes for a great memento
“We also just buy lots of silverware and turn it into fun jewelry items. … Not a lot of people realize all our stuff is made from silverware.”
Stacy Riphagen, owner and operator of Dragonfly in Luverne, said she is excited to be part of this year’s Holiday Extravaganza.
Riphagen said she’ll be dressing up the Dayton House’s dining room for Christmas with items from her store.
“I’m looking forward to visiting with the guests and getting my name out there,” Riphagen said. “I’m excited that I can contribute to their cause. The Dayton House is a beautiful place, and I’m happy to give some of my earnings to them.”
There will be a small admission fee, but the proceeds benefit the Dayton House.
“This is a fabulous way to shop, socialize and maybe try some wine and cheese,” Meyer said. “Also, you’ll support the historical property that is so beneficial to our community.”
Meyer attributes the fundraiser’s success to all the volunteers that give their time throughout the year.
“None of this could happen without the wonderful support by the volunteers,” Meyer said. “I can’t express how much they mean to me and the incredible effort our volunteers give.
“I am greatly appreciative of everything they do. I can’t thank them enough. Without them, events like this wouldn’t happen.”
Meyer said the Holiday Extravaganza is an important fundraiser for the house. Because of the structure’s age, repairs and unexpected expenses pop up year-round.
“It takes a lot to keep the door of a place like this open,” Meyer said. “... Stop by and give the Dayton House your support - it will be well worth it.”
The annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Historic Dayton House is located at 1311 Fourth Ave., Worthington. Presale tickets are available at The Daily Apple and Hy-Vee; purchasers of presale tickets will entered in a $25 cash drawing. Tickets will also be available at the door during the event. For more information, call the Historic Dayton House at 727-1311.