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Winter transforms Wave Hill’s gardens into places of airy light and unexpected splashes of color—both on the grounds and in its holiday programming. Pastry chef Newton Pryce warms us up with a cooking demo of a heritage recipe for a classic holiday dessert on Saturday, the perfect complement to a walk through the gardens.

Don’t leave without stopping in The Shop at Wave Hill. Highlights this season include unique selection of gifts from local artists and artisans around the world that reflects Wave Hill’s mission of connecting people with nature--fun and educational toys, hand-crafted soaps, naturally inspired ceramics, glass and stunning jewelry, seasonal plants and products for your own garden and local honey—-even honey from Wave Hill’s own hives. Shop for handmade items -- many incorporating natural materials -- like the handsome baby alpaca scarves and hand-loomed striped accessories imported by Patti Carpenter of Continuum Home. (Patti has done extensive work with Aid to Artisans, which helps build economic development through craft in various developing countries and in the U.S., as well as many other organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Corporate Council on Africa. “O” The Oprah Magazine featured her work in an article on women whose businesses give back.) Equally charming is this fantastic feline, part of a menagerie crafted from wool, cotton and hand-sewn appliques.

Holiday sale starts in The Shop Saturday, December 19.

Saturday, December 19 to Thursday, December 24, Holiday Sale In The Shop At Wave Hill Perkins Visitor Center, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday Through Sunday.

Saturday, December 19, Cooking, Demo−Stollen, Holiday Sweet Bread: Comforts of Home Cooking: Warming Winter Spices Series: Savor delicious recipes featuring winter herbs and spices that will warm your body and comfort your soul. Innovative chefs from Wave Hill’s exclusive caterer Great Performances share tasty recipes and tips for the home cook in this seasonal cooking series. In this session, sample stollen, a traditional holiday sweet bread jam-packed with nuts, dried fruit and spices, with Great Performances pastry chef Newton Pryce. Free with admission to the grounds. Wave Hill House, 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 19. and Sunday, December 20, Family Art Project−Sparkle and Shine: Sparkle and Shine/Brillo y luz: Combine shiny foil, glittery beads and natural wonders like cones and spices. Colombian-American artist Esperanza Cortés helps you fashion them into glowing gifts and decorations. Free with admission to the grounds. The Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 20, Sunday Brunch: Sunday Brunch features organic produce from Katchkie Farm, a project of Wave Hill’s exclusive caterer Great Performances. Reservations at (718) 549.3200, ext. 395 or by emailing wavehillcafe@greatperformances.com. $22 per person (not including admission to the grounds). Reservations by 4 p.m. the Friday before each Brunch. Wave Hill House, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 20, Garden & Conservatory Walk: Join in an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet At Perkins Visitor Center, 2 p.m.

Wave Hill is located at 675 West 252nd Street. For more info call (718) 549-3200.

Updated 5:26 pm, October 21, 2011
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