Christmas Open House was a HUGE success! This year a lot of changes were made to the program, and a lot of new activities were in place which brought members of the community, as well as people from as far away as Virginia and Raleigh to Historic Bath Site last Saturday.
This year Bath Elementary participated in Christmas Open House in two different ways: a Children’s Christmas Art Show and the 7th and 8th Grade Choir performed Christmas Carols at the Bonner House to open the afternoon activities.
The AdHoc Players from New Bern and Kinston, NC came to the
Palmer-Marsh House to perform the 18th century sounds of the holidays using instruments such as the harpsichord, horns and the hurdy-gurdy – as well as their beautiful voices!
Apple Pressing demonstrations at the 19th century Bonner House involved children, and adults, in this very popular activity. They were able to see, and learn, how the apple press worked to make cider!
One of our Historic Interpreters cooked, and baked, a fine spread in the Bonner House Kitchen using all 19th century cooking techniques. She also discussed with visitors the cooking and baking process, and gave them information about the different types of meals in the 19th century.
For a bit of fun, we decorated Gingerbread Men! The Gingerbread Bakery in Belhaven, NC supplied 300 gingerbread men for us to decorate and enjoy. Adults and children of all ages joined in on the fun and greatly enjoyed this part of the day!
Children, and adults, also enjoyed the craft activities we had on hand! In the morning we made paper chains and in the afternoon the craft would be the ever popular pomanders. You can do both of these at home easily, and they decorate your house so nicely!
Our first visitors of the day were very special! The Grandson, Great-Grand Daughter and Great-Great Grandsons of Edmund Harding came from Greenville, NC to spend the day with us.
Now, of course we had more than what you see above going on. The Historic Homes were decorated in the Colonial Revival decorative style for people to tour through, Santa Claus came to town for a couple of hours and there was a panel presentation on the 25th anniversary of the Palmer-Marsh House fire. Needless to say, we were very busy and greatly appreciate 564 of you coming out to spend the beautiful day with us, and to support our wonderful site!
We hope to see all of you, and even more of you, next year in 2015….who knows what we’ll have up our sleeve for next time! 😉