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Yosemite National Park Welcomes Return of Cedar Santa Artisans

Calvin and Loretta Lyster to Display Holiday Woodwork at The Ahwahnee® for Second Year

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., November 24, 2009 The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley’s grand, historic national landmark hotel, welcomes the return of local artisans Calvin and Loretta Lyster on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.  The artists’ cedar Santa sculptures will be on display and available for purchase both days from 12pm to 6pm over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The Lysters originally began crafting “Old World Father Christmas” wood sculptures as gifts for friends and family back in 1991.  The cedar wood is collected from their property in Cedar Valley, California, lovingly hand carved into a one-of-a-kind sculpture and carefully hand-painted to give each its own unique personality.

Each Christmas season, Calvin and Loretta create a limited number of sculptures available to the public.  For their Ahwahnee showing, they have crafted unique pieces that depict Yosemite’s natural environment on Santa’s painted clothing, including Half Dome, the Grizzly Giant Sequoia, YosemiteFalls, black bears, and coyotes.  The sculptures have been welcomed into families’ homes as cherished heirlooms, and have found their way into Santa collections world wide.

Calvin’s wood sculptures have been shown in Carmel, California, the Enthios Gallery in New Mexico, “Back Street Gallery” in Lone Pine, Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, as well as the Ansel Adams Gallery and The Ahwahnee in YosemiteNational Park.  He also participated in the “Affaire in the Park” in Beverly Hills for five years and has several pieces represented in the collection of renowned fine wood art collector, Dr. Irving Lipton.

The Lysters have lived in the Yosemite area since 1971.  They settled in CedarValley and established a pottery shop at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, which was in operation until 1990.  Their two children were born at the LewisMemorialHospital, now the Yosemite Medical Clinic, located in the heart of Yosemite Valley.

For further information, please call The Ahwahnee Concierge at 209.372.1426.

About The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite’s AAA-rated Four Diamond, national historic landmark hotel, is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation, retail and transportation for Yosemite’s 3.5 million annual visitors.

 About DelawareNorthCompaniesParks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa;
Niagara FallsState Park; JonesBeach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; The Gideon Putnam Resort; and the Queen Mary.  To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ expertise in the hospitality industry, visit

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers.  Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden.  Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Kenny Karst ~ PR Manager

DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

209.372.1445   |

Reservations: 801.559.4949

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