Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's Time For Witches: Auditions, Tickets and More!

August is almost here, and that means only a few weeks until WitchFest begins at Gardner Village! Here are a few upcoming events to prepare for this year's WitchFest:
Witch Auditions
Those of you that have been to any of our witch events know that the witches are the stars of the show. Do you think you have what it takes to be one of our Gardner Village Witches? Auditions take place on August 16, and the deadline to turn in entry forms is August 1. Download your witch application on our website.
Witch Tickets
On August 1, 2014, beginning at noon, tickets go on sale for the Witchapalooza Dinner Theater and Breakfast With A Witch: The Carnival of Witches. The dinner theater show, The Lyin', The Witch & The Warlock, is new to Gardner Village this year. Be one of the first to see it! Younger audiences love Breakfast With A Witch, where they get to dine and have fun with the Gardner Village Witches. Tickets for these events sell out quickly, so make sure to get on the Gardner Village website at noon on August 1 to get your tickets. 
Register for Witches' Brew Ha! Ha! 5k Fun Run/Walk
The Second Annual Witches Brew Ha! Ha! 5k run/walk will be on Friday, October 3 this year. Put on your best witchy costume, and enjoy food, t-shirts and prizes. There will be special awards for the top five costumes at the new "post-run Brew Ha! Ha! awards ceremony." For a special $8 discount, register before August 1. This event is hosted by Lone Peak Events, and you can register now on their website.
Mark your calendar for:
  • Witches' Night Out 2014
    Back by popular demand, we will be holding our Witches' Night Out event for two weekends again this year. Mark your calendar for October 10-11 and 24-25 for a night out of shopping, dancing, cackling and fun with all your best sister witches. Parking your broom can be hectic this time of year. Due to the huge increase of traffic for Witches Night Out and Wee Witches Weekend, we must hire professional parking attendants. There will be a $5 per car parking fee beginning at 10 am on October 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Receive valuable Village coupons when you park. An alternative option to parking would be to take the train. There's a TRAX stop across the street from Gardner Village- the‘Historic Gardner’ stop.
  • Wee Witches Weekend - NEW EVENT!
    October 16-18 is a three-day fun festival for the little ones! Work out wiggles at the Wee Witches Playground, enjoy the scavenger hunt, food, music, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, witchy hair & nails and activities in many of our shops. You may even spot a witch or two. The event will be held Thursday from 10am to 8pm and Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm.
  • Wee Witches Playground
    New to Gardner Village this year, let your little ghouls jump on a giant pillow, climb enchanting spider webs, crawl through the Maze of Mayhem, dance in the witches disco or take a dip in the Candy Corn Pool. $6 per person 1 year old and above. Includes all activities and 1 pillow jump. Additional pillow jumps $2. Visit the playground Monday-Thursday, 10am to 6pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am to 8pm, September 19-October 30.
  • Witch Scavenger Hunt and Witch Displays
    A tradition for families at Gardner Village is the Witch Scavenger Hunt. Once you find all the witches, kids 12 and under can take their completed form to the Naborhood Bakery to receive a delicious chocolate chip cookie for only 35¢ (reg. price 95¢). Looking for a group activity? Spend an evening doing the hunt then step inside one of our eateries for a sweet treat to top off your activity. (The caramel apples are delicious at Chocolate Covered Wagon.) Print your Witch Scavenger Hunt forms on our website beginning September 12, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Now Registering for Classes: Classical Ballet Conservatory

Classical Ballet Conservatory will open their doors at Gardner Village on September 2nd, and they’re already registering students for classes. They'll be located on the Southeast end of the village next to Aunt Elsie's Trinkets & Treasures.

Dancers trained in classical ballet learn the foundation of all other dance forms, and can transition over to jazz, modern dance and other genres.

Not only do the teachers pay close attention to the children's artistic development, but their health and safety, as well as their physical and emotional well-being. Children who take classes at Classical Ballet Conservatory also learn discipline, a love of the arts, self confidence and a love and understanding of music.

All teachers at Classical Ballet Conservatory are college educated in the field of dance or have professional experience equal to a degree.

Classes are offered for three different levels:


Learn more about Classical Ballet Conservatory and register for classes on their website. To take advantage of their sibling discount, contact them directly to register at 801.441.0436 or

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

9 Things To Do This Summer at Gardner Village

Gardner Village is the place to be this summer, and we have something fun for every member of the family.

Historic Scavenger Hunt Print your form at home or pick up a copy in the brochure rack in the lobby of Archibald’s Restaurant beginning July 2nd. Take your completed form to Naborhood Bakery for an all-American favorite, a chocolate chip cookie for only $.35! Read more about our historic scavenger hunt.

Knitting Classes at Kamille's
Take a beginning knitting class, brush up on your knitting skills or make something fun to take home. You can view a complete list of upcoming classes and sign up on Kamille's website.

Summer Sale
It's our annual Summer Sale at Country Furniture & Gifts, Down to Earth and The Village Quilt Shop now through July 26th. The stores are brimming with fun, new products to brighten your home for this welcome season.

Farmers' Market
This summer marks the third year we've enjoyed the Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Gardner Village. Every Saturday from now until October 25th, enjoy locally-grown produce, local homemade goods and products and fun events every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm. Read more about the Farmers Market at Gardner Village...

Tea Parties at Georgell Doll Shop
Dress your daughter up in her best clothes and head down to Georgell Doll Shop for an elegant afternoon of sipping out of mini tea sets and eating delicious desserts such as mini cupcakes, gluten-free chocolate torte and frozen berry streusel cheesecake! Experience one of these fairy tea parties every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm now through August 31st. Cost starts at $15 per guest, and each guest also takes a little porcelain fairy doll home! Reservations are encouraged and walk ins are welcome based on availability. Call 801.561.1485 for information.

Busy Beader Summer Camps at The Bead Farm
The Bead Farm is offering two different summer camps this year: The Busy Bee Bracelet Camp and The Creative Kids Camp. Camps are scheduled on your own time and can accommodate up to ten children. An appointment and adult chaperone are required for each group. Call 801.938.1995 to reserve your summer camp or group.

Cookie College at Naborhood Bakery
Naborhood Bakery gives kids ages 3-12 a tour of the bakery, and then the kids get to cut and roll out their cookie dough. Lunch is served while the cookies are baking. When the cookies are finished, kids put their creative finishing touches on the cookie with candies, sprinkles and icings. This one-of-a-kind experience costs $15 plus tax. Workshops are held on Tuesdays at 10am and Fridays at 4pm. Visit or call the bakery at 801.566.8808 to reserve your child's spot today!

Sewing Classes at Pine Needles
Whether you're a beginner sewer, or an expert looking to begin a new project, Pine Needles has classes for all different levels. While you're there, check out their new machine that prints your custom-made fabric.

NOW REGISTERING for Ballet Classes at Classical Ballet Conservatory
Gardner Village welcomes Classical Ballet Conservatory, where you’ll find classes for dancers ages 3-18. Sign up for the 2014-2015 season, and find out more now by visiting their website. For a limited time, receive a free dance bag and t-shirt with your registration. Sibling discounts are available. Classes begin the week of September 2, 2014.

While you're at Gardner Village...

Check out the old-fashioned taffy pull machine at Chocolate Covered Wagon.
Stop in Archibald's Restaurant for lunch or dinner and enjoy one of their delicious appetizers.
Check out all of the other fun things in all of our shops!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Upcoming Events at the Gardner Village Farmers' Market

Every Saturday last month we enjoyed the fresh foods and handmade items from local farmers and vendors, and the Wasatch Front Farmers Market has a lot more in store for us this summer!

Breakfast is served at the Market
every Saturday from 9am-noon.
Dunk Tanks: This Saturday, July 12, is the "Dunk Tank at the Markets". Beat the heat by cooling off in a dunk tank!

Bike Safety: On August 2, bring the entire family to learn all about bike safety and ways to have fun while staying safe. 

Watermelon Eating Contest: Do you love watermelon? Compete against others on August 9 and see if you can eat more than the person sitting next to you.

Kids' Market: Do you have a mini entrepreneur living with you? Bring your own table and chairs, and kids 15 years and younger can sell their handmade items at the Kids' Market on August 30. Because of Health Department restrictions, homemade food is not allowed, but homegrown produce and crafts are welcome. Register for free online. Read about more kids activities at the market on our website. 

The market is held rain or shine every Saturday now through October 25 at Gardner Village from 9am-1pm. Visit our website to find the complete schedule of Farmers Market special events and theme days.

While you are at the Market in July, don't forget to participate in our Historic Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FREE Historic Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village

We’re celebrating our country and state at Gardner Village in July!

Gardner Village opened in 1980 and was named after Archibald Gardner, an early Utah Mormon pioneer. Archibald built the mill in which Archibald’s Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts now reside. Read more about Archibald Gardner in the lobby of Archibald's Restaurant, or on our recent blog post.

Did you know Gardner Village became a Utah Historic Site in 1992? Evidence of a long-ago era is found throughout the Village, and you get to go find it!

Print your form at home or pick up a copy in the brochure rack in the lobby of Archibald’s Restaurant beginning July 2nd. Take your completed form to Naborhood Bakery for an all-American favorite, a chocolate chip cookie for only $.35!

While you're here doing the scavenger hunt: