April 24 thru 26 2020 in Visalia, California



Baskets and Gourds 2020

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Elks Lodge, Mill Creek Conference Center, Visalia CA

Opening Reception April 24 – Arts Visalia

Classes April 25 & 26, 2020

Sponsored by Tulare‐Sequoia Gourd Patch and the California Gourd Society

Area information

Welcome to Visalia, Tulare County, and nearby Sequoia National Park!

We’re so glad you’re coming to the Central Valley ‐ we have a wonderful conference planned, and as you schedule your trip, we hope that you’ll consider extending your stay to enjoy the many opportunities our beautiful area has to offer. First, Visalia is aptly named “The Jewel of the Valley.” It’s a unique city with small town charm, parks, rivers, lakes, and great restaurants. You might catch a Rawhide baseball game, play some golf, walk the trails, ride the trolley, or try your luck in a nearby casino. Perhaps you feel more adventurous and want to go white‐water rafting on your way up to Sequoia National Park. Once in the park, hike up Moro Rock, and stroll amongst the giant sequoias. Plan on spending a few days camping with your family or stay in Three Rivers at the Lazy J Motel. If you plan carefully, your visit to the area could also include the Three Rivers JazzAffair, the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, or Team Roping at a local rodeo. So, consider combining your creative energy at our Baskets and Gourds Conference with a family vacation and experience the varied activities in the Central Valley.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

We are very fortunate to have Bill Colligen as our Keynote Speaker in 2020.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Scholarship donations are currently being accepted. These enable artistic high school students to participate in this event.

Conference Venue

Elks Lodge, Visalia

Visalia Elks Lodge

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Toni Best, P.O. Box 6846, Visalia CA 93290

tonibestbaskets@gmail.com 559-627-5430


Lunch can be pre-ordered each day. Be sure to complete the lunch form found in the brochure and send it in with your registration!

Where to Stay

A block of 50 rooms at $80 per night has been set aside at the Lamp Liter Inn (walking distance to Elks Lodge) – Reserve Early by Phone! Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave. (559) 627-0787

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