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Christmas Open House at Red Hill: First-time Flax Demonstrations, Brunswick Stew, Holiday Decorations and Much More!
December 3, 2012
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On Sunday, December 2nd the weather was warm and sunny! It was the ideal day to tour the beautifully decorated Red Hill. Not only was this event free to the public, but those who attended received complimentary stew, cookies, and beverages! The delicious Brunswick stew was cooked up and served by the Charlotte County Lion’s Club, and yummy cookies and cider made by the Auxiliary rounded out the light refreshments served from Patrick Henry’s kitchen.

The historic buildings were beautifully decorated for the holidays by the Red Hill Garden Club. They did such a marvelous job, and we are so grateful for the beautiful designs and holiday decorating they provided for this special day! Docents were in costume interpreting the historic buildings and demonstrating the process of making flax into linen, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, pottery ornament making, and children’s activities. This was the first time the Auxiliary has demonstrated the flax to linen process. It is a three step procedure to prepare the flax to be spun on the wheel. The demonstration was obviously very interesting and it attracted quite a crowd at the Open House.

In the Museum Shop, wreaths and kissing balls made by the Auxiliary were sold. The Auxiliary sold 70 wreaths and several kissing balls, and the proceeds of the sale will go toward the Patrick Henry Original Oratory scholarship award of the National Forensic Competition. Wreaths are prepared in limited supply, so if you would like a wreath next year, call early to reserve yours before they sell out!

At the close of the holiday event, a winner was drawn for the Auxiliary quilt raffle. The winner of the quilt raffle was Sherri Heemeyer from Richmond (pictured on the right). A huge thank you goes to Shirley Gibbs for donating the beautiful quilt. The wreath sale and quilt raffle are the two big fundraising events that the Auxiliary puts on to raise money for the scholarship, as well as supplies and activities relating to the living history demonstrations seen here.

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