Craftsman Christmas and Holiday Activities This Weekend, Shopping Safely, and Virtual Tours

Compiled by Kate Nixon


This week, we take a look at this weekend’s Holiday activities offered both online and in-person. It’s a Craftsman Christmas Celebration this weekend as The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms offers up an exploration of Stickley’s philosophy about business during the holidays and the historic site is offering a separate holiday party of their own for Museum members this Saturday, offering a tour of an Arts and Crafts house, a Christmas Cocktail recipe, and more! Also, this Saturday, the Copper Shop Gallery at the Roycroft Campus and the Wright Studio in Oak Park are offering socially distant holiday shopping, so if you’re in their area and want to socially distant shop in person, this weekend might be your chance. Pasadena Heritage will also have a sparkling wine tasting and trivia event this weekend and offer virtual architectural legacy tours. There’s so much to do on Saturday, so read below about fun activities to do this weekend and plan accordingly. First up, we hear from Vonda Givens, Executive Director at the Stickley Museum…


The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Sat., Dec. 19 at 1:00 PM EST
A Very Craftsman Christmas
1 session only! | $25 | Location: Zoom Online Classroom
An online class with Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation

Vonda Givens, Executive Director of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

In the final class of 2020, we examine the products and projects that Stickley promoted-from pottery to furniture to hand-made toys-demonstrating the breadth of The Craftsman’s reach and reminding each other that in spite of modernity’s madness we can still find moments of solace, of generosity, and of selfless concern for others.

December 1915 cover of The Craftsman. Photo courtesy of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

Writing in the The Craftsman in 1904, Stickley opined about the inherent tensions between modernity and the spirit of generosity he believed was inherent to Christmas. “There is little danger,” he wrote, “that the spirit and beauty of Christmas giving will ever be overdone or outgrown, in the truest sense, but there is a danger in an increasing modern tendency to change the “blessedness of giving” into a burdensome obligation, due to social rivalry and other causes, which really have no part in the real spirit of Christmas-tide.” In many ways, Stickley’s struggle with Christmas is a microcosm of the movement’s broader issue, how to balance the spiritual impulse and redemptive nature of craft with the commercial necessities of a business. For the next twelve years, Stickley promoted both sides of this, using the magazine’s content to promote “our better angels” while the back pages-the advertising-suggested last minute-gifts for harried givers.


Sat., Dec. 19 at 4:00 PM EST
Virtual CRAFTS-MAS Party!
Member Exclusive! Free with RSVP

Click the following link for members only to reserve their place:

We are having a virtual Crafts-mas Party! Museum Members are invited inside the only privately-owned home on the historic Craftsman Farms property for an exclusive holiday party. Enjoy plenty of time to share good cheer with old and new friends and explore the story of this lovely Craftsman home, including a peek at recent renovations, with our gracious hosts, Catherine Mathis and Bob Burchell.

Join us in festive attire-ugly Christmas sweaters welcomed!
Discover who is on Santa Clancy’s Naughty and Nice List
Get our step-by-step recipe for a delicious Crafts-mas cocktail.
Our virtual Crafts-mas Party is a special “thank you” to Members for supporting the museum, especially through this challenging year. Wherever you are, around the corner or across the country, we hope you’ll gather with us and celebrate!


Roycroft Campus Corporation

Seasonal Saturday
December 19th – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” theme

20% off any non-artisan Santa Décor and Ornaments

The Roycroft Campus Corporation is offering in-person shopping at its popular Copper Shop Gallery. The Seasonal Saturday events at the Copper Shop will follow the theme of favorite Rankin and Bass Holiday films and this Saturday’s event will be inspired by the class Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

Only 27 people will be allowed into the Gallery at one time. Proper 6ft social distancing and masks will be required. Please bring your Holiday spirit and be patient with us as we provide a safe and enjoyable shopping experience for you and your family and/or friends!


Pasadena Heritage – Wine tasting and Trivia plus Virtual Architectural Tours available starting this Saturday!
Virtual Happy Hour with a Sparkling Wine Tasting and Pasadena Trivia!
Saturday, December 19
2:00 – 4:00 PM Pacific (5:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern)
$10 member/non-member (wine not included)
Join us for a Virtual Wine Tasting on Saturday, December 19, featuring three sparkling wines: Champagne, California Sparkling, and Prosecco. Serena Zelezny, owner of What Am I Drinking? and a certified wine specialist, will share the fascinating history and differences of these sparkling wines. We’ll be serving up some trivia related to wine, New Years, and Pasadena. Test your knowledge and pick out your favorite bubbly to ring in the New Year!
After registering for this event, we recommend ordering wine for delivery or pick-up from Mission Wine & Spirits. Instructions on which wines to order will be found in downloadable materials received electronically after purchasing.
Click the link below to purchase tickets:
Architectural Legacy Tours
December 19 through January 3
Individual Tickets:
$12 members, $15 non-members
Full-Package Tickets:
$42 members, $53 non-members
The following virtual programs are pre-recorded tours, which will be available for viewing from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Please click the link below to purchase tickets:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust – Guided Outdoor Tours and Christmas Shopping In Person Available


Oak Park is home to the world’s greatest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright began his career in this idyllic village of stately Victorian homes and ignited a revolution that would shape the course of Modern Architecture in the 20th Century.

Led by an expert guide, this outdoor walking tour explores the neighborhood around Wright’s Home and Studio, where the architect pioneered the first uniquely American form of architecture, the Prairie style. Wright buildings featured on the tour include the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889-1909), Nathan Moore (1895), Arthur Heurtley (1902), and Laura Gale (1909) houses, and more.

Tour operates rain or shine.

Tours: Thursday – Sunday

Hours: 10 am (plus 12:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays)
Length: 75 minutes
Admission: $20 Trust members, $25 General

Click the link here to purchase tickets


Additionally, you can shop in person – safe and socially distanced – at Wright’s Studio through December 20th! Chicago’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering from Thursday through Sundays until December 20th the opportunity to shop the expanded shop in person.

From stocking stuffers to unique home decor, you can find what you need for the collector in your life. Pre-wrapped items are available for purchase as well. Wright’s Studio is also offering a 10% discount on throws, Weaver Tiles, lightware votives and night lights for both online and in-person purchases.

Wright’s Studio is located at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, IL 60302.