Marjorie Evans Gallery
The Marjorie Evan’s Gallery at the Sunset Center is proud to present our December 2013 gallery exhibit “Holiday Hope.” In the spirit of the holidays and giving, Sunset Center has invited Creekside Farms, from Greenfield, CA, to exhibit and sell their holiday wreaths. In addition, Creekside Farms will donate 25% of the proceeds to Voices for Children CASA on behalf of Sunset Center’s Classroom Connections program. Creekside Farms will have 30 wreaths on display. The Holiday wreaths will all be fresh and made from holiday greens, fir, pine and cedar as well as eucalyptus leaves, hydrangeas, and a variety of other fall foliage. Creekside Farms is a family farm specializing in herbs and flowers, all grown naturally. Visitors to the gallery may purchase the wreaths at the gallery or place a special order directly to Creekside Farms. There will be an Open Reception with refreshments on December 6th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Visit the gallery for your Holiday wreath, and then attend the Sunset Center Community Holiday party in the lobby, also from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Larry and Carol Umbarger, owners of Creekside Farms, moved from Salinas in 1969 to a small ranch on Jolon Road in King City. They wanted to raise their family in the country and have room for the 7 horses they owned. After many years of raising horses and cattle, they were investigating ways to boost their income to cover upcoming college tuition and Carol was looking for a way to earn an income on the ranch and to be home with her family. She had been given a wreath made of sinuata statice by a friend and decided that would be an interesting crop to grow. In 1988 they planted 6 acres of sinuata, yarrow and other various herbs. After discovering a market for California Pepperberries that grow on the numerous trees in the Salinas Valley they changed from growing flowers to exclusively growing ornamental and culinary herbs. Through marketing the Pepperberries to various stores and wreath manufacturers throughout the United States, Carol met a buyer for Smith and Hawken, and because of her relationship with Smith and Hawken, she was asked to help out one of their vendors who was making a Eucalyptus wreath decorated with their Pepperberries. They took on the job, learned to make a wreath that weekend and spent the next 3 weeks making 3,000 wreaths in their playroom. In their facility today, they are able to make 3,000 wreaths in 3 days instead of 3 weeks.
After realizing that the wreath business was more lucrative than growing flowers to sell to florists and retailers, they decided to go into the wreath making business. As the business grew and their children graduated from college, their children joined the business. After working on the Jolon Road ranch for 5 years, they rented the large L A Hearne warehouse on the 101 in Greenfield for their wreath manufacturing and continued to grow the product for their wreaths on Jolon Road.
In 1999, they purchased 20 acres on Oak Avenue in Greenfield. In 2002 they started building a warehouse facility of 12,000 sq feet and it was completed in 2004. With the new facility Creekside Farms is capable of producing thousands of wreaths for many of the top catalogs in the nation. The majority of their wreaths are shipped overnight or 2nd day air by UPS or FedEx.
Creekside Farms' customer base has grown nationally from a strictly local beginning. Buyers of their wreaths and flowers include Williams-Sonoma, who they have worked with for the past 18 years, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Front Gate, Sur La Table, Orvis and ProFlowers. Smith and Hawken, their first major account in 1990, worked with Creekside Farms until they went out of business in 2006. Recently they have branced into supplying major corporations with wreaths and ornamentals to give as gifts to their important customers and clients.
Larry and Carol feel very fortunate to have a family business where their children have been able to come back to the area after college to work in the family business. Their oldest grandson, Branson, who is now 18, was the latest family member to come to work over this past summer. Eight of their 11 grandchildren live in King City and attend schools in the Salinas Valley. Larry and Carol plan to maintain a thriving business for the future generations of their family and the families of their valued employees.
Creekside Farms has provided several Local Farm Tours in the past few years. They appreciate the interest in the company and welcome visitors. Their website is www.creeksidefarms.com and their phone number is 831-674-1234.
Carol Umbarger will also be the featured presenter for the December Sunset Center Educational Series on December 12, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Chapman Room. She will discuss the process of growing herbs and flowers like lavender, rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro, yarrow and feverfew, all raised naturally, without harmful pesticides and how to use these flowers and herbs to make colorful braids, garlands, and centerpieces, as well as in cooking. This event is FREE and open to the public.
January - Elizabeth Wrightman, "The Haunted Wood"
Spirits & Cinema
Saturday, January 11 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Elizabeth Wallfisch and David Breitman
Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm Luis Bravo's Forever Tango
Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00 pm Chef Robert Irvine Live!
Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 pm The Irish Rovers
Friday, January 31 at 8:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents Trio Cavatina with Samuel Rhodes
Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents The Gryphon Trio
Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 pm Zappa Plays Zappa: Tour de Frank
Thursday, February 6 at 8:00 pm Ethan Russell: Best Seat in the House
Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 pm TAO: The Art of the Drum
Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 pm Ottmar Liebert
Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Innovation"
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 pm Studio 105 Cabaret Presents: Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Musica Pacifica Baroque Ensemble
Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 pm Ailey II Dance Company
Friday, March 7 at 8:00 pm Merle Haggard
Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents Catalyst Quartet
Friday, March 14 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Insight"
Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 pm Smuin Ballet: XXTREMES
Friday, March 28 at 8:00 pm 1964...The Tribute
Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 pm Broadway's Next H!t Musical
Friday, April 11 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Louis Lortie, Piano
Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 pm Los Lonely Boys
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm MANDY PATINKIN: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on Piano
Wednesday, April 23 at 8:00 pm "Mystery Edition" Presented by Carmel Public Library Foundation
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents St. Lawrence String Quartet with Jessica Rivera
Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Reflection"
Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents David Finckel and Wu Han
Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 pm John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
Thursday, May 8 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Splendor"
Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 pm The Four Freshmen GALA EVENT
Saturday, May 24 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Michael Noble - Winner of Carmel Music Society's 2013 Piano Competition
Friday, May 30 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents 2014 Instrumental Competition
Saturday, May 31 at 12:00 pm Smuin Ballet: XXCENTRIC
Friday, June 6 at 8:00 pm