Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Greetings from Spring Valley

Pirate & Hoopoe is at press, and the rest of the items for our Kickstarter gift packs are coming together, including postcards featuring illustrations from the book. If you want a sneak peek at the postcards, or if you want to order some for yourself, check out the selection at the Online Shoppe or at the Dromedary Press website. See you in Spring Valley!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Professor Asperity's Alchemy Workshop

The enigmatic, irrepressible Professor Asperity usually sends his news on paper, using ink he brews himself, but this morning he sent us a message by the more ephemeral means of email, notifying us of his new "Alchemy Workshop" website. The Professor lends a bit of his marvelous mystique to everything he touches, so we expect his online home will be no different. We especially love his quote, "To be an artist is to be an alchemist."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Sneak Peek at How the Magic Happens

Holiday Happenings on Fourth Street

There are a lot of wonderful events planned for Fourth Street this season. Be sure to pop in and say hello if you are on the street taking in the spectacle!

Come visit Santa on Fourth Street -- he will be posing for FREE Pictures with his Sleigh from 12 to 4pm on the weekends of December 10, 11, 17, and 18.

Live Music and Entertainment
Local artists will keep your spirits bright with live music and entertainment all along Fourth Street each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and December 21 through 24. The full schedule is posted here.

Holiday Lights
Santa's reindeer won't have any trouble finding Fourth Street. Thousands and thousands of bright and colorful lights adorn the trees and lampposts, bringing holiday sparkle to the shopfronts and restaurants.

Children's Book Drive
Now an annual tradition! Every year we collect hundreds of books for children. This year, all books will be donated to B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) and their Children's Learning Center which provides literacy programs for homeless children in Alameda County. Bring new or gently used books to The Ark (1812 Fourth St.), Books Inc (1760 Fourth St.), Builders Booksource (1817 Fourth St.), Crate & Barrel (1785 Fourth St.), or Sur La Table (1806 Fourth St.).

Many of the shops and restuarants are hosting classes, trunk shows, and parties all season long. Last year's New Year's Eve party at Zut! was a magical night of dinner and dancing and this year's promises to be an equal success. For a full list of the shops and links to all their websites, please visit the Fourth Street Shops website or follow them on Facebook.

Extended Hours
Castle in the Air and most of the shops on the street will be open late during the holiday shopping season. Through Christmas Eve, our hours will be:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday
We will also be open late December 21, 22, and 23 for all the last minute shoppers. On Christmas Eve, the store will close at 4:30 pm.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Crimson Poppy turns Golden

Over the past few years we've been so impressed as Jenny Jafek-Jones' business -- The Crimson Poppy -- has grown and bloomed just like the magical crepe-paper flowers she makes. Jenny's eye for arrangement and meticulous blossoms have caught the attention of magazines and wedding planners across the country.

And now we've heard of what might be her greatest success to date: placement at two of Hollywood's most prestigious evenings. Crimson Poppy arrangements will be on display in the luxury gift lounges at the Golden Globe Awards in January and at the Academy Awards in February. Way to go, Jenny!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Spring Classes Are Here!

Even though it's difficult to picture springtime just as we go into the holiday season, the spring 2012 schedule of classes has been on our minds at Castle in the Air. Our industrious and inventive instructors have dreamed up 43 classes they're ready to share with you.

Visit the Online Shoppe to read all about the classes, see pictures, and download the PDF version of the paper schedule (1.1 MB), which also includes a special preview of the prologue of Pirate & Hoopoe.