Seasonal shopping starts with MPAEF holiday boutique
If you missed the two-hour champagne preview Tuesday night, there’s still six hours of good shopping on Wednesday (11/16) from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s holiday boutique, which is open to the public free of charge.
One hallmark of the second annual event is the diversity and uniqueness of gifts gathered under one roof, all benefiting the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the four public schools of the Menlo Park City School District – Encinal, Hillview, Laurel and Oak Knoll.
Selections range from quality women’s clothing and jewelry to whimsical decorations, like the Santas who greet visitors on the front porch, some of whom are designed to be table top place cards. In addition to the wearables, there is one-of-a-kind stationery, holiday ornaments and fanciful headgear as well as innovative services, such as cooking classes offered by The Festive Table, including products developed by Menlo Park mother/daughter duo Michelle DeWolf and Holly Newman (pictured below) such as Holly’s famous Snickerdoodle mix (bottom photo).
All of Tuesday’s tickets and raffle proceeds (Carolyn Bowsher shown with a lei of tickets) went directly to the Foundation, whose 2011-2012 grant of $2.6 million represented over 8% of the District’s budget. The Foundation’s fundraising goal for the coming year is $4 million, or $1,500 per child. More information and how to donate is available online. The Shop ’til You Drop Open House continues Wednesday at 1525 Bay Laurel Drive in Menlo Park.
Photo of Holly’s Snickerdoodle Mix by Meagan Carabetta