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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

November 14, 2013

Wild Ideas Dec. 6-8

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center goes wild for the holidays with artists, artisans and special sales during the 23ndAnnual Wild Ideas Shopping Event.

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec.8.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739

Background:  The Wildflower Center is the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts in early December. Enjoy free admission for three days while getting in the holiday mood with 20 percent discounts on all Store merchandise daily. Added Store discounts apply at the start of Friday’s and Sunday’s events. And all weekend, a dozen artists and artisans showcase beautiful handcrafted jewelry, nature pottery, painted glassware and more in the Visitors Gallery.


Friday’s offerings include 25 percent off all gift items other than apparel and books from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Also enjoy samples of Savory Saltines from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Charles Viancin food cover demonstrations by Chris Brown.


On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., also enjoy meeting Kathi Appelt who signs her book “True Blue Socuts of Sugar Man Swamp.” Signed copies of Ben Rehder’s book, “Hog Heaven,” will be available that afternoon. And at 4 p.m., guests who have entered can win a drawing for a Dale Tiffany glass vase (no purchase necessary or need to be present to win). Early bird shoppers on Sunday receive 25 percent off all apparel from the noon opening time until 1 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., The Store provides a Manual Woodworks Trunk Show of throws and pillows by Susan Sullivan. And from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Barbra Beery signs “Longhorns Cookbook” and provides recipe samples for tasting.


Sponsor:  Classically Austin 89.5. Learn more at http://www .wildflower.org/holiday/ or call 512-232-0100.


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