Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Time at the A&H

Hello, Art & History Fans!  We're very much in the holiday spirit at the Art & History Museums-Maitland this month so I'd like to share with you just a few of the things we've been up to kick off the celebration.

On November 23, 2012 the A&H's Waterhouse Residence Museum transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  The house is decorated to evoke the spirit of Victorian Christmases past with trees, glass ornaments, kissing balls, springs of green, and even a few seashells.  Scents of the holiday permeate the house helping to really transport visitors back to the 1890's.  Each room even features a stirring mouse from Clement Clark Moore's famous poem "Twas the Night before Christmas." Published in the 1820's this poem was popular during the Christmases the Waterhouse family would have celebrated in their beautiful home, just as it is today.  As visitors hunt for the mouse with their docent guide, they learn not just about holiday traditions of yesteryear but of the tales of early Maitland and the Waterhouse family that settled in Maitland in the 1880's.

Please enjoy these pictures of past views of Holidays at the Waterhouse.  To see this year's decorations you'll have to visit.  The Waterhouse is open Thursday-Sunday, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM.  Tours are guided by a docent and generally last 30-45 minutes.  Admission and directions can be found here.  And you can purchase your very own Waterhouse mouse to commemorate the occasion!

It's that time of year when we celebrate friends and family by giving gifts.  And what gifts are more heartfelt than those that we make ourselves? Megan, our wonderful Program Facilitator Docent, has devised some really exciting "Wrap and Go" workshops for general audiences and Girl Scouts this month.  On December 5, 2012, we created bath salts and soaps.  The most exciting part of this endeavor was getting to microwave a bar of Ivory soap.  We all had a great time doing this and made some really cute, artistic gifts as a result.  See what happened below!  Happy Holidays. Don't forget to visit the A&H to see all of our latest exhibitions and attend fun classes and workshops.  We also feature a number of fun gift giving items in our museum store.  See you in the New Year!

From Ivory Soap...

to a big fluffy cloud...

to a mixable medium...

to beautiful holiday shaped soaps to share!

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