Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Programs at PWCo Historic Sites


December 8
Slave Holidays
11 am - 4 pm; $10 per person
Learn how the enslaved community celebrated the holidays and how they resisted the institution that kept them enslaved. Living history vignettes will allow some of the enslaved workers at Ben Lomond to come to life, giving you a  unique perspective into this period of American history.  Tours every 30 minutes.  Advanced reservations are suggested but not required.
Ben Lomond Historic Site. 10321 Sudley Manor DrManassas VA  703-367-7872

December 8
A 1940s Christmas                                       
11am–4pm; $7 per person, children under 6 free
What were holiday celebrations like during WWII?  When ration cards and air raid drills were common place.  The Ellis family hosted many a party here at the Lodge during the war.  Have your picture taken with Santa and make period decorations. Join us for music, light refreshments and holiday crafts for kids.  Please dress for the weather.  Rippon Lodge is an official drop off location for Toys for Tots.    
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 15520 Blackburn RdWoodbridge VA 703-499-9812

December 8
Family History Day- History of Santa Claus and the Gift Giver
11am– 4pm; $7 per person
We all know the gift giver as Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Sinter Klaas . . .  there is a gift giver in many cultures.  Learn about the customs and traditions of this mysterious fellow who brings gifts to children.  Have your picture taken with Santa.  Crafts, games and stories will be offered throughout the day.  Rippon Lodge is an official drop off location for Toys for Tots.    
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 15520 Blackburn RdWoodbridge VA 703-499-9812

December 8
Lucasville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
5pm; Free
Kick off the holiday season with this fun and exciting event! The event will feature musical performances, refreshments and an appearance by a very special guest!
After the ceremony, Santa Claus will take pictures with the children inside the schoolhouse. We will also be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots at the event.  Parking will be on-street parking onGodwin Drive. Please plan ahead and arrive a few minutes early.  Hosted by Supervisor Nohe. 
Lucasville School 10516 Goodwin Drive, ManassasVa. 703-792-4620

December 15
Brentsville Holiday Concerts
1-7pm Site Open
5 and 6pm Concerts
FREE
Get in the Holiday spirit with an evening of seasonal music at the beautiful and historic Brentsville Union Church.  Two concerts will be performed by the Brentsville District High School Chorus.  Enjoy hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895

December 15: 1-7pm
December 16: 12-3pm
A Visit From Santa
FREE program, pictures with Santa available for purchase
In December of 1862, artist Thomas Nast made one of the first known illustrations of Santa Claus.  Santa was shown giving gifts to soldiers in the field at FredericksburgVirginia during the American Civil War.  This year, Santa will dust off that old suit he wore back then and make an appearance at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Guests can make old-time holiday decorations and Pomander balls with citrus fruit and cloves to take home for decorating their tree or give as gifts. 
On Sunday, join Historic Faith Ministries at 10am for a traditional Christian Christmas service at the Union Church.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895

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