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Christmas Arts & Crafts Show



christmas-santa-graphicsfairy010On Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., visit the decorated 1850 Manor House and grounds as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The Christmas Arts and Crafts + Gift Show features vendors selling handmade and other specialty gift items, baked goods and local foods.  Shop from a wide variety of products that are perfect for gift giving, decorating and holiday festivities.  Vendors will be on the grounds, in the Cultural Arts Center ‘Barn’ and the Agriculture Building.

A $3.00 donation is requested to support our mission of conservation, education and preservation.

Vendor applications are available here:  vendor application

Christmas Memories from the Foy Family

“Christmas and Thanksgiving were two big holidays,” remembers Robert Lee Foy, Jr., “All the Foy family would be here for Thanksgiving.  We had a big meal, turkey, ham, and chicken.  It was a very big time.  We had a corn bread dressing, sometimes Oyster Dressing.

Christmas was almost a repeat of Thanksgiving on the meal.  The house was decorated with a live tree, and it was decorated with cookies that were in the shape of Santa Claus, and men and women.  The house was decorated with holly and yaupon and smilax, and the banisters were draped with smilax, and over the doors they hung the holly and yaupon.

They made wreaths.  You took moss and wrapped it around a wire and stuffed your pine needles and pine cones and holly, and it made a pretty wreath.  The mantles would have holly and yaupon and candles.  There was a homemade wreath on the front door.  They used berries for color and clusters of pine cones for decorations” (Interview, 1979).

Robert Lee Foy, Sr.’s second wife, Grandma Lee, remembers frozen eggnog, ambrosia, and the camellia bush out front as large as the 3rd story of the manor house.  Christmas was in the front parlor, and she had a card table set up with a puzzle a lot of the time (Interview, 1979).