Old Home Holiday brings Christmas cards to life PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS | Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 08 December 2012 09:55
Volunteer Juanita Place hangs decorations at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum for their annual Old Home Holiday Tour. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Volunteer Juanita Place hangs decorations at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum for their annual Old Home Holiday Tour. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Holiday scenes from the early 1800s, Civil War-era and the 1950s post-WWII era, will come to life this month through the Wood County Historical Center and Museum's "Living Christmas Cards." WATCH VIDEO
The Living Christmas Cards, debuted last December, are back by popular demand this year.
"The idea came about as a way to bring something fresh to the Christmas tours," said Kelli Kling, marketing and events coordinator for the historical center and museum.
The Living Christmas Cards are held in conjunction with the historical center's Old Home Holiday Tours, featuring 30 exhibit rooms decorated in the holiday spirit.
The tours begin today from 1 to 4 p.m. They continue through Dec. 21 and are $5 for adults and $1 for children.
On Dec. 15, 16 and 20, the public can view and even participate in the Living Christmas Card displays as part of the tours.
One of the Christmas Card displays is located upstairs and features War of 1812 re-enactors.
In one of the rooms, a young woman will portray a wife preparing to send her husband off to the 1812 War during the holiday season. She will put together packages for the soldiers and attendees are invited to help.
The "same woman" featured in the 1812 scene is also a part of the Civil War holiday re-enactment. This time, she is preparing to send her grandson to the Civil War.
"It shows what life was like for women in Wood County to go through sending off their loved ones to war," Kling said.
The General Store Living Christmas Card exhibit will feature a shopkeeper and patrons getting around for an old-time Christmas.
"The public can view the scene or they can get in the scene and help," Kling said.
The 1950s exhibit will be in the soda fountain shop complete with a soda jerk and teeny-boppers talking about getting ready for Christmas and of friends returning home from WWII.
Crafts will be tied in with the Living Christmas Card displays and are make-and-take projects for children.
In addition, there are tens of exhibit rooms decorated by local groups and individuals from Wood County.
"This year the theme is Christmas carols. Every group or individual took a line from a Christmas carol and used it as a theme for their room," Kling said.
The Wood County Parks District decorated its room with the line, "In the meadow we can build a snowman." Their exhibit features snowmen dressed in ranger and park district uniforms.
"Here Comes Santa Claus," is the theme for a room decorated with tens of Santas.
"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," "Holly Jolly Christmas," and "Silent Night," are among the themes for other exhibits.
Christmas decorations at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum for their annual Old Home Holiday Tour. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Christmas decorations at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum for their annual Old Home Holiday Tour. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
"The theme gave our decorators some direction, but also a lot of flexibility for creativity," Kling said.
The decorators began assembling their rooms on Nov.1. Last-minute touches continued this week.
Santa will be visiting again this year and the working train display is also back.
"That is a really popular activity. We get a lot of people coming in for that," Kling said.
A village collection, covering two large rooms, will also be on display.
Live music is also a part of the festivities with performances by The Gorman Family, Black Swamp Dulcimers and Sonas Celtic Ensemble.
The grounds are decorated with lights, fresh trees and other holiday decor.
"It really makes the grounds a lot more full and you can see the lights from the highway," Kling said. "It transforms the grounds into a Winter Wonderland."
Also this month, the Historical Center will host its annual Holiday Gala Fundraiser on Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Attendees dress up for the event and are served Hors d'oeuvres and champagne and can participate in a silent auction.
The cost is $20. RSVP is not required, but appreciated.
Schedule:
Saturday - Tours, 1-4 p.m.
Sunday - Tours, railroad display, live music and wreath-making workshop, 1-4 p.m.
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday - Tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday - Tours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Christmas Tea at 2 p.m.
Friday - Tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Gala Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 15 - Living Christmas Cards, tours, kids' crafts, cookie decorating, railroad display, live music and visit with Santa, 1-4 p.m.
Dec. 16 - Living Christmas Cards, tours, kids' crafts, cookie decorating, railroad display and visit with Santa, 1-4 p.m.; live music, 2:30-4 p.m.
Dec. 17, 18 and 19 - Tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 20 - Tours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Christmas Tea, 2 p.m.; Living Christmas Cards, visit with Santa and railroad display, 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 21 - Tours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 20:08
 

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