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December 2022

Greetings from Shake Rag Alley, where we’re still warmed by the happy memories made during this year’s Santa Day program and fundraiser. We loved welcoming local families to the Cabinet Shop for photos with Santa, to the Lind Pavilion to decorate gingerbread houses and create a duo of holiday crafts, and to campus for candy canes, cookies, and hot cocoa. We couldn’t have done it without this year’s volunteers and the tireless support of Betty Hogan and Susan Socher, who chair and sponsor this beloved community program. Thank you, one and all!

The gratitude doesn’t end there, as you’ll see in our updates below about recent financial gifts and donations. We’re grateful to everyone who has already made a donation in response to our annual solicitation and hope you’ll be inspired the news of the $7,000 matching gift we’ve received. Please also remember Shake Rag Alley as you consider gifts for others: You’ll find one-of-a-kind art in our Artisan Marketplace; Youth Program kits created by local artists – all of which are now $10; and gift certificates for 2023 workshops and lodging in the new year. If you don’t shop with us or can’t find gifts locally, please consider designating Shake Rag Alley as your charity of choice for Amazon Smile and’s roundup program.

Read on for more updates and ways you can engage in creativity with us this month and beyond. Please be in touch if we can answer any questions: You can reach the office at or (608) 987-3292 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email me directly at

Have a creative December,

Sara Lomasz Flesch
Executive Director

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