“A Candlelight Soup and Stroll”, The Greening of the Wright House 2013
Anyone looking for an au naturale, non-commercial holiday experience will find it when the greening of the Wright House Museum occurs for its popular seventh annual “Candlelight Soup and Stroll” event on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. , a holiday experience for area families presented by Peters Creek Historical Society. Cost: Adults – $8, children under 10 - $5.
Visitors to the immensely popular event will enter by candlelit walkways, peek into the decorated old sleigh, then step into the landmark 1816 Wright House bedecked in beautiful 19th century WILLIAMSBURG style natural Christmas decorations. A feast of holiday sensory experiences awaits. Guests will spend Christmas in the 1800’s. As a special bonus this year, our guests will also be able to visit Wright’s UM Church (across the street), part of the historic corridor also, to enjoy their decorations and NATIVITIES from around the world.
Visitors will dine by candlelight and LIVE music on a variety of homemade soups, breads and desserts in one of several of the museum’s “greened” display rooms. The hearty, HOMEMADE cuisine always receives favorable reviews.
Not to be missed is a visit to our 1780’s log house,a favorite highlight of the event. Our colonial historians are preparing authentic colonial foods and spirits for sampling. The professional Colonial reenactors will share their expertise and stories about colonial life and play live music before the roaring fireplace. The log house and our professionals provide a true frontier gathering not to be matched.
Guests are invited to stroll both floors of the house museum where displays and various holiday experiences and decorations await. Costumed reenactors will mingle throughout the museum, creating an authentic atmosphere. Festive live music will be playing throughout the event.
In the Charity Wright room, decorated with children in mind, beloved, jolly FATHER CHRISTMAS in his green robe and red hooded overcoat will tickle the young and young-at-heart with treats and photo opportunities for your camera throughout the event. A special display of members’ personal favorite decorations( handmade Santas, ornaments, cardboard houses and more ) will enhance the holiday spirit of the second floor.
In the popular costume room , visitors will be able to enjoy a timeless holiday tradition as professional STORYTELLER Linda Nickles engages all ages in her mesmerizing historical holiday tales, a pure delight. This was so enjoyed last year, we had to repeat the experience.
Always crowded, our mining room will be staffed with knowledgeable docents, due to the immense interest and popularity of its contents.
Having checked out the various museum rooms with their holiday décor and happenings, guests of the event may then stroll the award-winning grounds of the 1816 post-colonial farmhouse, home to the Wright House Museum of Western Expansion. Of particular note are its status as a National Register Historic Landmark and as the recipient of the Western Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beautification award. Its beautifully landscaped grounds, including a butterfly and authentic herb garden are meticulously tended by Giant Oaks Garden Club of Peters Twp. An easy pathway leads from the house to the restored log cabin, a warm gathering spot.
While strolling the grounds, the discerning eye may spot the the Wright House’s secret attic entrances, speculated to be part of the area’s underground railroad system, a final glimpse before departing our 19th Century Christmas experience.
“Candlelight Soup and Stroll” will be offered by Peters Creek Historical Society on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Wright House Museum of Western Expansion, 815 Venetia Road, Venetia,PA. Handicap parking is available. Wright’s UM church is located at 788 Venetia Rd.; it will remain open 12-5 also.
Takeout food will also be available. Admission tickets at door only. For information, phone 724-941-5710.
Whether one’s interest is in pre-Revolutionary , Civil War or Colonial-era lifestyles, vintage costumes, local coal-mining heritage, tracing primitive cultures in Western PA for the past 10,000 years, genealogy or local history, the Museum of Western Expansion offers much to explore. Our “Life in a Box” displays are unique to our museum. Watch for our new Fort Cox artifacts exhibit coming in the near future along with additional acquisitions from the Wright family. Private and group tours may be arranged for a nominal fee. Peters Creek Historical Society is a non-profit group relying solely on donations and fundraising to maintain the house museum.