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Lockport: Christmas Event at Col. Wm. Bond House

by jmaloni
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 07:00 am
Pictured, from left, are Don Stellrecht and Roger Covell at last year's `Winterfest Eve` at the Col. Wm. Bond/Jesse Hawley House.
Pictured, from left, are Don Stellrecht and Roger Covell at last year's "Winterfest Eve" at the Col. Wm. Bond/Jesse Hawley House.

Get the whole family in the mood for the holidays at an annual holiday event. "A Winter's Fest Eve" will be held at the Col. Wm. Bond-Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St., Lockport, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Col. Bond/Jesse Hawley House Museum, a National Register museum-home, is dressed up for the holidays by co-curators Gloria and Becky Pittler. The holiday event includes a full tour of each of the 12 rooms, which are adorned for the season in period decoration.

Enjoy Christmas music performed by Randy Andropolis and friends, as they sing and play timeless Christmas carols. Feast on fancy cookies and hot-mulled cider.

The younger set is welcome to take part in special children's activities in the library while Mom and Dad tour all of the other rooms. All tours and events are open to the public, and families with children ages 8 or older are encouraged to attend.

Christmas at the Col. Wm. Bond/Jesse Hawley House is a subject that has recently gained national attention through a photo-article in the Christmas edition of "Early American Life Magazine." The visiting journalist opined that Col. Bond raised seven children, who no doubt enjoyed spending holiday time in the "well appointed brick home, furnished to the Empire period."

A donation will be accepted at the door to help the History Center with this and many programs presented throughout the year. The History Center is finishing up its 92nd anniversary year with a taste of 19th century Christmas.

For those who are unable to attend "Winter's Fest Eve," additional open house hours are scheduled for December.

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