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BECKLEY, WV -

During Thanksgiving month, Tamarack's offerings for family and friends are as bountiful as the traditional meal.

Artisans demonstrate their talents, musicians perform, Tamarack chefs prepare seasonal meals, specialty food producers offer samples, book authors sign their work and the gallery hosts a holiday themed exhibit.

According to Events Director Kelly Elkins, the holiday season is an exciting time at Tamarack. 

"We try to keep a full calendar of events during November and December with so many local guests out and about, and so many visitors traveling to see family."

Jewelry, apparel, wooden toys, note cards, pet-oriented gifts, festive hats and carved Santas are part of the gift-oriented demonstrations for November. 

"Tamarack studio artisans are also always part of the mix," said Elkins, reminding guests that the textile, glass, pottery and wood studios are "humming during the holidays."

Glass blower John DesMeules now offers a 45-minute glass blowing experience, which may be a unique gift this season. Gift certificates are available for the sessions and other Tamarack products and events.

Another hub of activity at is the Tamarack kitchen, where chefs work continually to prepare Thanksgiving "to go" with orders taken no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 25. The meal will feed a family of ten with a la carte additions.

Just in time for the family gathering is the annual WV Storytellers' Guild's fall presentation, "Tellabraton!," at 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Some of the state's most noteworthy story tellers relate ghost stories, tall tales, legends, myths and assorted other stories during a free performance. Many of the storytellers write books sold in the Tamarack book department.

Offering a vivid array of varied fine art media, the Tamarack gallery exhibit called "Warmth" opens at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Mobiles, clay figures, trash to treasure, watercolor, graphite sketches, mixed media and more demonstrate the range of talent among Tamarack's fine artists. The show is open through January 2014.

Plan now for what has become Tamarack's new tradition, performance of "A Christmas Carol" by Treehouse Arts Ensemble at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14.

"It's not Christmas without a live performance of this play," said Elkins. Order advance tickets for $7.50 or pay $10 at the door.  "Because of the show's popularity, tickets may sell out," Elkins warns.  Call 304-256-6843, ext. 161.