There were Black Friday sales at local stores, as well as several gift-buying bazaars, carriage rides, and vintage Christmas presents to buy at the Tehachapi Museum over Thanksgiving weekend.
With the dreaded power outage due to the high winds in So Cal Edison not having occurred, visitors and residents of Tehachapi had a lot of fun and shopping.
Event planners became concerned on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, when So Cal Edison began advising guests of potential power outages beginning as early as Thanksgiving morning and “most likely extending beyond Friday noon.”
When the high winds did not materialize, Friday morning became a quick and rugged adventure as shoppers toured the shops, church vacation sales, art galleries and antique shops in the town of Tehachapi. .
One of the biggest gift buying bazaars took place in Bear Valley Springs. The Bear Valley Springs Arts Association Holiday Bazaar’s annual bazaar had nearly 50 vendors at the Whiting Center. As of Friday morning, holiday shoppers were in full swing until closing time almost eight hours later. The sellers noted that the sales were exceptional. They also anticipated a record attendance from buyers on Saturday.
Saturday saw sales of gifts for the local church feasts. The Tehachapi Heritage League Museum held a unique holiday gift sale with its newly donated collection of vintage Christmas ornaments.
Fifty years of collecting ornaments around the world have come out of the attic and storage areas of Barbara Erdman’s home. Barbara is the sister of Rich Erdman, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tehachapi Museum. Upon the death of his sister Barbara, Rich was assigned to clean his house, including his precious Christmas collection. Rich donated the collection, which numbered in the hundreds, to the museum for sale as a museum fundraiser.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bear Valley Carriage Club hosted half a dozen decorated cars. Many trained pulling ponies, horses and mules were dressed as reindeer while others had Christmas bells and garlands. Each horse-drawn carriage driver took the children into the horse-drawn carriages while their photos were taken by a professional photographer.
The four-hour event was a party for children and parents, many of whom took a horse-drawn carriage ride.