NEW BEDFORD PRESERVATION SOCIETY PRESENTS ITS 19th ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR:
Herald in the holiday season with the New Bedford Preservation Society on their 19th Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 5 (1 to 5 p.m.). Get in the yuletide spirit at this popular holiday event - a must for architecture and history enthusiasts!
Experience the history and appeal that New Bedford is noted for as you visit historic homes that have been decked in festive holiday décor. Along the way, you'll enjoy greetings from historic characters in period costume. The magnificent Rotch-Jones Duff House and Garden Museum will be included in this year’s tour with its gala holiday décor and designer-decorated rooms. Additional highlights at RJD will be a Festival of Tables and a New Bedford Museum of Glass exhibit. The popular "Spot the Victorian Peppermint Pig Scavenger Hunt," an addition to last year's tour, will again be part of the tour with proceeds from the sale of the pigs (available at tour headquarters) benefiting the society's scholarship fund. View a sneak peak video of last year's tour at the society's website: www.nbpreservationsociety.org .
Both the Saturday candlelight tour and Sunday afternoon tour start at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, tour headquarters, where a pre-tour holiday brunch will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with a holiday raffle of gifts, art, handcrafted items and generous gift certificates donated by local merchants. Discounted advance tickets ($19 with $2 discount to Society members) are now on sale at the following locations: Elaine's at the Black Whale, New York Shoe Repair (for credit card sales), The Surrey Shoppe, Periwinkles, Baker Books, Davoll's General Store, The Ultimate Touch, The Woodhouse Shop, Roseland Nursery and the Marion General Store. At the door, ALL tickets will be priced at $23. Cost of the Sunday brunch is $17 (all-inclusive, tax and tip), and reservations may be made by calling the Wamsutta Club at 508.997.7431.
The Annual Holiday House Tour is the Society’s signature fund-raising event. All proceeds benefit the work of the Society in its efforts to sustain and promote historic preservation in New Bedford through such projects as the historical building marker program, historical cemetery tours, walking/trolley tours, the Re-Leaf tree-planting program, the newly formed scholarship fund, the publication of self-guided walking tour brochures, lectures, and more.
For more information, please call the New Bedford Preservation Society office (388 County Street, New Bedford) at 508-997-6425 or visit www.nbpreservationsociety.org.
GALLERY OF WREATHS AT BERKSHIRE BOTANIC GARDEN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL TODAY.
Stockbridge, MA. . .Berkshire Botanical Garden hosts its 20th annual Holiday Marketplace Sunday, December 5, 10 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. A sale of unique, hand-made gifts and seasonal decorations including a Gallery of Wreaths, displays of holiday centerpieces, swags, table top decorations, and hundreds of unique items and ornaments created by local artisans will transform the Garden into a festive celebration of the holiday season. Admission is free.
Preparation for the highly anticipated event brings together a community of over 80 wreath makers and designers who volunteer their talents and skills to create unusual, one-of-a-kind selections for the Garden’s Gallery of Wreaths. Available for sale will be traditional, live wreaths combining various evergreens, natural seed pods and other found materials, as well as elaborate wreaths using decorative bows, balls, and ribbons. This year’s guest wreath designers include Susan Shook of Trillium Garden Company, Lenox, MA; Cornelia Webster, Webster Ingersoll, Sheffield, MA; Abigail Lanoue and Lisa Mareb Pfannestiel, Windy Hill; Erin Piester and Claire Ward, Ward’s Nursery; Susan Faivre of Dolby Florist, and Annie Whalen, Bella Flora, all of Great Barrington, MA. In addition, boxwood kits and decorated boxwood trees, baskets with seasonal greens, small tabletop evergreens, amaryllis, paper whites, and hyacinths, all beautifully potted and ready for holiday bloom, will be available for sale.
This year’s Holiday Marketplace features over a dozen local growers, artists and artisans, including gifts and alpaca wool products from Spruce Ridge Farm, Old Chatham, NY, jewelry by Silver Twist, Housatonic, MA, antique and depression glass and tea sets from Adenida Antiqua of Southampton, MA, and exotic and unusual plants from Glendale Botanicals, Glendale, MA. A whimsical, unique selection of garden-lovers favorites especially selected for Holiday Marketplace will be offered by the Garden’s own Gift Shop. Sweet and savory snacks and refreshments will be provided by SoMa Catering of Richmond, MA.
Of special interest this year is the debut of the Berkshire Botanical Garden Calendar. The calendar represents a compilation of retrospective photographs taken over the past year at Berkshire Botanical Garden by Reinout van Wagtendonk, of Berkshots. Mr. van Wagtendonk’s work has appeared locally in The Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire Living and Animal Life, and in national and international publications. He has been named Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2011 featured guest photographer.
Proceeds from Holiday Marketplace support Berkshire Botanical Garden’s education programs and display gardens. Additional information on Holiday Marketplace and other events is available at www.berkshirebotanical.org or by calling (413) 298-3926. Berkshire Botanical Garden is located in Stockbridge, MA at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183.