Members and guest of RCHSMA celebrated the Christmas holiday together in fine style on December 11. Wright Tavern was the setting for hustle and bustle and holiday cheer as old friends and new friends enjoyed the event together. For many visitors, this was their first opportunity to experience the new exhibits and renovations recently completed at the tavern. Meg Manuel and Program Committee members carefully wrapped the Tavern in authentic Christmas decorations to enhance the mood for the day. And the selection of period specific refreshments, such as mincemeat pie, roasted sweet potatoes, meatballs, Queen’s cake and other treats provided a tasty understanding of hospitality in the early 19th century.
As if visitors could feel more festive, the afternoon tours at High Rockk Farm, owned by RCHSMA board member, Richard Teague, bedazzled visitors as its own beauty was enhanced by elegant holiday decor. Richard and his staff were gracious hosts for the tour, allowing guests to mill about the local landmark to enjoy the personal collections of art and furniture in the historic residence. And, the chestnuts roasted on an open fire and served to visitors added the perfect touch at the largest chestnut farm in the Mid-Atlantic.
Plans are in the works to host a similar event in December of 2012. Given the enthusiasm of participants this year, you will want to grab a ticket as soon as they become available; we almost sold out the 100 tickets available for this year !