by: SUBMITTED - Brenda and Tony Perry baked for hours to bring pasties from England to the holiday craft fair. Kathie Halicki and Anne, Cole and Lauren Fiala of the Fiala Farms also contributed assorted breads and gingerbread boys respectively.  The fourth annual holiday craft fair to benefit the White Oak Savanna was our biggest and best to date. We had a new venue at the West Linn Lutheran Church this year because it could accommodate a bigger fair.

There were more than 40 artists and crafts people and we had a pastry counter that was very popular with the customers and the vendors. Thanks to Dr. Ed Jensen, professor of forestry from Oregon State University, who donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his two books to the White Oak Savanna.

We wish to thank Albertsons for the water and food handling gloves, Starbucks at Central Village for the coffee and accessories, Anne, Lauren and Cole Fiala of the Fiala Farms for the gingerbread boys, Kathie Halicki for the assorted breads, and Tony and Brenda Perry for several different kinds of pastries from their home country of England. We also want to thank the people who volunteered to staff the pastry counter including Brenda Perry, Cindy Braverman, and Sherry Pryor.

We made more than $1,600 for the White Oak Savanna. Several customers told me how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed having the pastry counter and the chairs to sit in while they pondered their purchases.

Next year we are considering having the fair later on Friday so it would start at 2 p.m. and go until 8 p.m. to make it available to the working folks when they get off. The Saturday hours would remain the same: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is very important to know that a reasonable price with quality work is what the folks look for at this fair and that is what they get, too.

Please support the White Oak Savanna by donating to the acquisition fund or by buying our jewelry online at and by coming to our fundraising events in the next two years. We have two years to match the $500,000 grant that we were awarded by Metro in June of this year. Every single donation helps us get closer to that goal. Then all 20 acres of the Savanna will be a natural park and significant wildlife habitat in perpetuity.

Roberta Schwarz lives in West Linn and is the co-founder of Neighbors for a Livable West Linn.

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