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News from The Oldest House


So many people have commented about how great the new roof looks on the Oldest House. The members of the Oldest House agree, and are so glad to have successfully achieved that major project, and for the help from the community, which made that achievement possible.

The annual Fancy Fair, held in mid-October, was a big success this year, and oh the lovely glassware and collectables that were on offer. They made nearly $1,000 to go towards the cost of the new roof, and are so grateful to everyone who donated, helped out, and who came and bought some items and enjoyed lunch with them.

Once again, the House participated in the Laceyville Borough Halloween Trick or Treat this year. Two hundred and thirty-four ghosts, ghouls and goblins came to the door and received yummy chocolates for their efforts. There were some wonderful costumes too, which they enjoyed seeing as much as the children enjoyed wearing.

Now the decorating committee is busy packing away any items left from the Fancy Fair, cleaning the House, and decorating in anticipation of the Christmas Tea. This year, the Tea will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend in December: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The House will be decorated with white pine roping, dried berries and flowers. The Dining Room will be decorated in a German theme to honor and reflect one of the nationalities that first settled this area; a private collection of Nutcrackers and Smoking Men from Germany will also be on display, as well as other German-inspired arts. It is hoped to have two electric trains running in our 'River View Room,' where they will pay homage to Christmas in the 1950's. The 50's theme is carried forward in the front room, which will feature a red and white color scheme, and a salute to Holiday Baking in the '50's. Upstairs, the bedrooms will reflect the style of a Early American Child's Christmas, complete with simple toys such as the Smith children might have received back in the 1780's. And the ground floor keeping room will also reflect the simple joys of the holidays in 1781.

On Friday evening, a hammered dulcimer concert will take place in the River View Room. Traditional cookies, coffee, hot mulled cider and of course tea will be on offer throughout the Tea, and all three floors of the House will be open for Tours. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, give tours and chat with visitors, as well as to share a cup of tea and a cookie. This will be the last opportunity to tour the House this year, before it closes for the winter season. The annual Christmas Tea is a chance for the House to give back to the community in thanks for all the support it has enjoyed throughout the year. This year, they are especially grateful, since friends and neighbors helped to achieve a long-planned and much needed capital improvement: the new roof.

Please mark your calendars and come and join in for a sweet seasonal treat, and enjoy seeing the House wreathed in Christmas Decorations, and House Staff garbed in authentic period Christmas Finery.

Santa will be at the Oldest House on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


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