2017 Celebrate Gingerbread

For the fifth straight year, the popular holiday event “Celebrate the Season” returns to the Port’s Event Center on the first weekend of December.

Anacortes Schools Foundation volunteers turn the Port’s Event Center into a winter wonderland for two days of family-oriented fun on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 & 3. Then the evening is ASF’s annual “Dream It” fundraising dinner and auction.

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“Volunteers turn the Event Center into a winter wonderland as a gift to the community to enjoy a hometown holiday experience.  Among the features is a marketplace with unique gifts by local crafters and non-profit organizations – many benefitting student groups. This year, Fidalgo Island Rotary will bring in their “Who-ville” decorations as well.

“There are activities for kids, teams, adults and families,” noted Art Shotwell, Anacortes Schools Foundation, President. “On Saturday, we invite families to come in after the parade and enjoy the entertainment we have lined up.” Funds generated by this event go towards programs supported by Anacortes Schools Foundation including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Early Learning enrichment programs.

During the two public days of the event, guests will enjoy photos with Santa, make craft projects, warm-up with hot chocolate and cookies, and a holiday shopping marketplace offering unique gifts and food items. This year there will be no admission charge.

Saturday, December 2nd will feature afternoon entertainment that includes the Fidalgo Elementary School Choir, and Wren & Della, a local juggling duo, plus some other plans that are in the works. On Sunday, December 3rd, the focus will be on Gingerbread. Student and adult teams will test their creativity as they compete in decorating houses for prizes and bragging rights. Gingerbread entries will be judged by a panel of community leaders. In addition, children of all ages will be able to decorate a mini-house of their own to take home.

The signature event of “Celebrate the Season” is the “Dream It” dinner/auction. This year it will be held on Saturday evening Dec. 2 - also at the Port’s Event Center. This will be a lively evening featuring dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli and a live auction followed by the Patrick McHenry live band. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available for $50 per person at CelebrateTheSeason.brownpapertickets.com or Johnny Picasso’s downtown.

Sponsors include the Port of Anacortes, Trident Seafoods, Sierra Pacific Industries, Kiwanis Sunrisers, Conrardy Design Group, T-Shirts by Design, Diamond Rentals and WA Tractor.

Anacortes Schools Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with 501(c)3 status. ASF was established in 1984 and benefits students at all levels with college and vocational scholarships, early learning support, and STEM enrichment opportunities. All proceeds from the “Celebrate the Season” event will support Anacortes Schools Foundation programs including comprehensive STEM enrichment initiatives for students of Anacortes School District.