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Hearthside House to Host “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” This Weekend

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Friday, December 07, 2018

GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team 

Hearthside House to host "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" this weekend

The Hearthside House Museum and the Hot Potato Schoolhouse in Lincoln are teaming up to host “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” this weekend.

The event will feature holiday music performances, volunteers in period attire, Santa Claus and decorations throughout the mansion.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

On both Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 self-guided tours throughout the Hearthside will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the house at their own pace, while learning about Christmas traditions from the docents.    

On Saturday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., enjoy candlelight throughout all three floors of the house along with the sounds of holiday music played on the antique piano.  Hot cider and homemade cookies will be served out of the colonial kitchen. 

The museum's gift shop offers an array of unusual gifts.  

Tours continue on Sunday between 2 p.m and 6 p.m. when the G-notes, the Gordon School a cappella ensemble of students all under the age of 14, welcome visitors with their holiday carols. Acoustic guitar and harp music will also be featured throughout the afternoon.

Santa will be at Hearthside for both events.

A 19th Century Christmas at the Schoolhouse

For the first time, holiday events will extend next door to Chase Farm Park for “A 19th Century Christmas at the Schoolhouse” in conjunction with Hearthside’s events.   

Visitors to the one-room schoolhouse will be welcomed by youth docents dressed in period attire as they provide a Christmas program just as students would have performed during the late 19th century.  

Mrs. Claus will be there to tell how she met Santa, a traditional school program of poems and songs will be presented, and a sing-along of Christmas carols accompanied by guitar will get everyone in the spirit of the holiday.  

The children’s performance will take place at both 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

On Saturday beginning at 3 p.m., “The Story of Santa Claus”, and "The Night Before Christmas" will be read by Charles Cox, historian and founder of the Festival of Lights Committee in Lincoln.