December 8: Sunday An 1870ís CHRISTMAS AT NORLANDS
Sunday, December 8th | 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: $8 adult,$6 age 12 and under,$25 family (2 adults with 2-3 children)
STORM NOTICE: In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, December 15th. The decision to postpone will be made by 9:30 am the morning of the event. If the weather is questionable, please check Norlands’ Facebook page or listen to the outgoing message by calling 207-897-4366 the morning of the event.
Noon: Take a Guided Walk in the Woods to Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree for Norlands
1:00 PM: Piano Recital in the Ladies' Parlor
2:30 PM: Caroling in the Mansion
Ongoing Activities include wagon rides, mansion tours, period crafts, parlor games, storytelling, and cookie walk ($5) while supplies last.
Christmas at Norlands - 1870 was a Simpler Time
Experience Christmas in the 19th century and participate in living history activities around this beautiful and tranquil estate. Activities include wagon rides, period crafts in the one-room school house, story-telling, parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage, and tours of the simply-decorated Washburn family mansion.
Make your own calling card before entering the mansion and then present it to the “help” so the mistress of the house, “Mary Maud Washburn”, may receive you. At 1:00 p.m. in the mansion you can listen to a piano performance by Kimberly Fleury and Jenavieve Feith, neighborhood children. Sing-along with Christmas carols and play parlor games led by the ladies of the house.
Soup, cider and cornbread will be available between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.,
while supplies last, all prepared in Mr. Washburn’s kitchen. For only $5, fill a bag with delicious homemade cookies to take home. Handmade aprons from vintage fabrics will also be for sale. Proceeds from the aprons and the cookie walk benefit Norlands’ “Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic” fund.
Find “Aunt Clara Howard” in the farmer’s cottage and listen as she shares stories for all ages. At noon, you can take a walk in the woods in search of a Christmas tree with a Washburn neighbor. Bring snowshoes. The tree will be displayed in front of the school house. Farm work doesn’t stop on holidays, so be sure to visit farmer “Israel Martel” in the tool shed and watch as he makes shingles and splits fence posts. Talk to him about life on a 19th century family farm.
The gift shop will be open and filled with unique treasures to meet your holiday shopping needs. There is something for everyone, such as old-time toys, books, prints, cards, caps and bonnets, dolls, stick candy, and more. Norlands’ t-shirts and timber frame pegs sales benefit the barn raising fund and make unique holiday gifts. Sponsor a Peg for $25 in honor of someone special. Write your name or a unique message on the peg and it will live forever in the new Norlands’ barn.
You are guaranteed to leave with lasting memories of what Christmas was like in a simpler time in rural Maine. The joyous feeling of an old-fashioned Christmas will no doubt carry you through the season.
THANK YOU to the sponsors of the 2013 Rally for Norlands:
Contributing Sponsor ($250)
Axis Natural Foods, Inc. (Auburn)
Good Food Store & Smokin' Good BBQ (Bethel)
Naples Packing Co., Inc. (Mexico)
Oakhurst Dairy (Portland)
Shaky Barn Farm Gardens (Livermore)
Sunshine Pools, Inc. (Jay)
Shiretown Insurance Agency
United Insurance - Davis Agency (Monmouth)
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