ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn Museum has announced the 2009 Victorian Christmas at Woodlawn.
Inspired by the theme of a Victorian Christmas, a team of florists and decorators has transformed the museum’s interiors into a visual sensation of the Victorian era’s holiday style and tastes.
Visitors can see rooms decorated by Cullen Schneider from Fairwinds Florist, Blue Hill; Gail Royal from Westside Florist, Southwest Harbor; Liani Nutter from NewLand Florist, Ellsworth; designer John Blake from M.M. Julz Christmas Shop, as well as members of the Ellsworth Garden Club and the Surry Garden Club.
The designers have installed Victorian era decorations throughout the museum. Each designer used realistic artificial greens and floral material to dress the museum with garlands, wreaths, fruit arrangements, topiaries and trees artfully placed amidst the original furnishings of the Black family home.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear a special audio tour presentation on the history of Christmas at Woodlawn and in New England.
Victorian Christmas at Woodlawn will officially open during a special Holiday Open House, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is an opportunity to see the decorated rooms in the evening, to mingle with friends and to enjoy some light refreshments and holiday cheer.
Space is limited and reservations are recommended. The cost of the Holiday Open House reception is $15 per person for members and $20 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the Woodlawn Museum.
The public can then view the decorations and take the Christmas tour every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 23. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Group and school tours are also available by appointment.
Woodlawn will also offer Holiday High Teas on Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 3 p.m. A special Holiday High Tea will also be offered on Sunday, Dec. 13.
As space is limited, reservations are required by calling the museum.
New this year to Woodlawn’s holiday offerings is “Family Saturdays” on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, in the Sleigh Barn. Events include ornament making and holiday story time. In addition, families can have their picture taken on a decorated sleigh and take a hayride.
“Family Saturdays” are free, although there is a charge for the hayride, photos and to tour the house.
The Museum Store will be open daily from Dec. 1 to 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by special appointment.
For more information about any of the special holiday tours, events, Museum Store hours, or to make reservations, contact the museum at 667-8671 or e-mail [email protected].
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