Christmas, probably more than any other holiday, is the stuff of memories. This year the Salem Museum wants to help folks relive what the season was like in times gone by.
“This year, instead of our homes tour we’ve offered for a while, we wanted to showcase our museum,” said Salem Museum director John Long. “We are here to preserve history, and Christmas is a great time to remind people of what life was like in the past.”
Thus was born “Yule of Yore,” a celebration of Christmases past for the whole family. On December 9, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Salem Museum will be alive with the spirit of Christmas and the love of history.
“Yules of Yore” will be a multifaceted event, notes Long. Displays of Holiday traditions, festive music to cheer the soul, children’s crafts and activities, great Christmas shopping in the Museum’s gift shop, a quilt raffle, door prizes and more will mark the day. Lavish decorations provided by the Salem Garden Club will heighten the experience and warm the heart. Best of all, visitors can enjoy the Museum’s second annual Wreath Exhibition and Silent Auction as well as a festive High Tea experience on the second floor of the venerable old building.
“Our Wreath Exhibition is one of our important fundraisers,” said Long, “but more than that it’s guaranteed to awaken the Christmas spirit.” Some thirty hand-crafted wreaths, created by local organizations, businesses and individual supporters will be on display, and all are open to bidding in a silent auction. Bidding will close at 6 p.m. that evening. “Your favorite could go home with you!” Long said.
Meanwhile, guests may join us upstairs for an elegant Christmas tea. Live music will create the ambiance while guests enjoy a delicious High Tea experience like none other. In addition, throughout the day the Ghosts of Christmas Past (costumed re-enactors) will inform guests about the way Salem marked the Yuletide in bygone winters.
Tickets to the special Christmas Tea will be $8 for adults and $4 for children in advance; or $10 and $5 on the day of the event. Reservations will be available for parties of six or more. Tickets are available at the Museum. Other activities and displays are free and open to the public, including the ever-popular Lakeside exhibit.
The Salem Museum, located in the historic Williams-Brown House of Longwood Park, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. No admission is charged for the Museum galleries.
Submitted by John Long, the Salem Museum.
Photos by Avery Eliades.