Fight off that turkey coma with variety of weekend activities

There are several events happening this weekend, sure to revive even the deepest turkey coma.

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is once again holding its Small Business Saturday event, Sip and Shop on the Cove.

Dine on appetizers and small bites prepared by some of Coupeville’s best restaurants while sipping wine, beer or cider provided by local purveyors.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the chamber. Participants get a passport which will help them navigate around to local businesses and win an opportunity for some prizes. The event runs 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

Santa will be visiting Greenbank Farm Saturday from 12-2:30 p.m. in the big red barn. Then starting at 3 p.m. the Greenbank Farm community will be hosting its annual Tractor Lighting to kick off the holiday season. Come out to the farm for caroling, hot cocoa and cider and then, after the tractor lighting at 5 p.m., join Santa in a luminaria walk around the farm.

Both days this weekend, visit Jack Tingstad’s always-changing model railroad display at his home on Madrona Way.

This marks the 16th year Tingstad has held his annual railroad open house where guests can come in and explore his Cloud City and Western display featuring Colorado’s mining district around Leadville.

A major feature of the display is the scratch built, award winning, New Crystal River Mine.

As a retired teacher, Tingstad has created a list of items for children and adults to find throughout the display.

The layout is handicapped accessible and offers many steam era locomotives and cars as well as mini-scenes depicting horse and buggy life in the old west.

Tingstad opens his home each weekend after Thanksgiving free-of-charge, but does appreciate any canned food donations he collects for Gifts from the Heart food bank.

The layout will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 508 Broadway St. in Coupeville.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Coupeville Rec Hall, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association will be offering families a chance to explore their creative side with the annual Gingerbread Workshop.

The association offers gingerbread kits and all the decorating fixings free of charge as a fun community activity to get into the holiday spirit.

Once you’ve completed your creation, take it over to the Coupeville library and enter it in the Gingerbread Challenge. Entries will be on display and open for voting until Christmas weekend.

Prizes will be given for the best adult, child, family and people’s choice entries. Those prizes will be announced Sunday, Dec. 24 during the annual Red Ticket drawing.

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