May 20, 2018
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Knox Museum open house set

THOMASTON, Maine — The General Henry Knox Museum, Montpelier, will open its doors for its annual Holiday Open House at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, with a Holiday Concert. The Odeon Youth Orchestra conducted by Marshunda Smith and the Calliope String Quartet directed by Gilda Joffe will perform in the Oval Room at Mont-pelier. The music for the evening will feature a blend of classical works and holiday cheer. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Weekend festivities will continue 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Admission is free both days. Families and friends are invited to walk through the 1790s kitchen where several women with spinning wheels will demonstrate their skill and talk about the craft.

The Orientation Room will be set up with fresh baked goods for sale, and punch will be served.

Rooms on the Salon Level of the museum will be decorated with traditional Christmas greens and fragrant fruits.

Items from the museum gift shop are available. Montpelier members get a 10 percent discount on all purchases in the shop.

The museum has received donations from Kathy Cuthbertson and Anne Williams, who have made arrangements for Steve Watts of Sweet Sensations in Rockport to create a gingerbread facade of Montpelier.

Raffle tickets will be available both days at the membership table in the Orientation Room. The drawing will take place Sunday afternoon.

The Bridal Bouquet, the Heirloom Garden of Maine and Seasons Downeast Design along with museum volunteers Lysbeth Andrews, Suzi Barbee, Mary Ann Carey, Deborah Cotton, Bruce Habel, Pam Hansen, Emily and Peter Jenks, Signe Mather, John Rollins and Anne Williams will have decorated the Gentlemen’s Room, the Withdrawing Room, the Oval Room, the Dining Room, the Salon Hallway including the grand double staircase, Caroline’s bedroom, the 1790s kitchen and the museum gift shop. Volunteers Ginger Allison, Lysbeth Andrews, Barbara Backus, Suzi Barbee, Carol Cardon, Susanne Carey, Colleen and Susan Curry, Meagan Doyle, Lynn Fledborg, Kay Havener, Ginny Hodge, Nanci Kendall, Judy Knowlton, Pat Kristiansen, Phyllis Lakeman, MaryAgnes Lawler, Bill McCarriston, Sandra Overlock, Fred and Marian Rector, Carol Rudisaile, Renny and Julie Stackpole, Patty Street, Joan Thibault and Carolyn Whitaker will assist visitors in the gift shop, at the membership table, the baked food and refreshment table, as well as greeting and answering questions throughout the Holiday Open House.

The museum extended special thanks to volunteers who baked for the event.

Saturday, Dec. 5, performances:

• 1-2 p.m., Baroquen Consort, led by Beverly Dal Pozzal.

• 2-3 p.m., Castlebay with Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee.

• 3-4 p.m., Mary Chamberlain playing harp.

Sunday’s performances:

• 1-2 p.m., The Rusty Hinges with Nancy Jones, Bill Case and Amy Winkle play a blend of folk, country, golden oldies and bluegrass.

• 2-3 p.m., Oliver Curtis leads Harborside Harmony, a local a cappella singing group.

• 3-4 p.m., Mary Chamberlain playing harp.

For more information, call the museum at 354-8062 or e-mail Like many Federal Period buildings, Montpelier is not handicapped-accessible.

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