A little different this year, but still our favourite Pine Ridge event!

The in-person sale will be December 12 and 13, from 10am to 4pm both days. All pottery will be 50% off, there will be free greenery and pine cones and grape vine wreaths,  and I am very pleased to welcome two guest artists. Janice Johnston will be here with her fabulous dill pickles, chili sauce and a selection of original art. Brenda Beattie will join us with her charming small paintings, notecards and Christmas decorations. Janice and Brenda will in the house, where it is warm, while the pottery will be spread out outside (yes, in the cold, brrrrrrr), in Crabapple (just as cold), and in the Studio.

Before the in-person part of the Sale, from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, you will be able to reserve pottery online.

Online Ordering: At 9am on Dec. 9, I will post lists here showing all the pottery that is available. There won’t be many pictures, just lists of the pieces that are available. You can then send me an email telling me what you’d like to reserve. Everything listed will be 50% off; you will see the original price on the list, but you will pay ½ of that. Once I get your email, I will make sure that what you want is still available, reserve it for you, and send you a confirmation notice with a reservation number and the total owing.

The lists will be updated hourly as items are reserved.

Payment: You will be able to pay using e-transfer or PayPal. You will also be able to tell me whether you plan to come by and pick up your order or if you would like it to be delivered. Only pre-paid orders are eligible for free delivery.

Delivery: Deliveries will take place Dec. 14 and 15. Please note that I can only deliver within 1 hour’s drive of the Studio. I will leave your box on your doorstep unless you tell me otherwise.

Order Pickup: You can also pick up your order, once it is confirmed, any time Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, or after Dec. 15. You can pay for your order when you pick it up, but please do not come during the in-person part of the Sale to pick up an order.

Covid-19 Precautions: Given the uncertainty of what is happening in our area during the pandemic, I have to include the warning that, if the worst happens and small retail stores are locked down again, the in-person part of the Christmas at Pine Ridge sale may have to be canceled.

The main reason I have set up this online procedure is to avoid having too many people all arriving here at once on Dec. 12. This is also why I do not want you to reserve an order and come during the weekend to pick it up.

We will allow only a limited number of people inside the house, Crabapple or the Studio at any one time. The number depends on what the Ottawa Public Health Board tells us is the maximum allowed. Right now it is 5 (which includes Janice and Brenda and me) per room, but that may change.

Everyone coming inside must wear a mask, and I ask everyone to please use hand sanitizer (there will be lots here) before coming in. Also, please do not handle anything unless you are considering buying it. We will be disinfecting things that have been touched, not an easy task!

Lastly, speaking of the Covid-19 virus, I just found a great quote, something called the Harvard Law of Animal Behaviour: ‘Under carefully controlled experimental circumstances, the animal behaves as it damned well pleases.’ We cannot totally predict what the situation in our area will be on Dec. 12, so we all need to be flexible!

Check here or on Facebook for updates if things change. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy a fun Sale again this year!