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Harmony Hall welcomes guests to Victorian Holiday during WinterFest!

Victorian Holiday continued Sunday, December 8 with increased visitors and the holiday joy of unexpected performances!

Accomplished local musicians graced the double parlor including pianist and choral director Peter Tarsio who played keyboard arrangements of beloved holiday classics. Board secretary Andrea Lamantia read Twas the Night Before Christmas a Visit from St. Nicholas to an attentive young audience and author/motivational speaker Carole Weaver Linsner presented the Dylan Thomas piece of prose A Child’s Christmas in Wales with current and former FOHH board members.

Many first- time guests and soon to be new members, enthusiastically complimented the FOHH on the holiday decorations and the convivial atmosphere at the 1848 mansion. The Friends Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe in the elegant dining room remained a favorite of shoppers looking for sweet treats at the baked goods table run by Sloat descendant Harrison Bush and unique crafts for family, friends and pets

overseen by FOHH treasurer Jane Kral on both dates.

Returning guests and seasoned house restorers Skip and Helena Stegmann noted the "perfect proportions of floor to ceiling windows, shutter details and original pine floor boards" in the double parlor... "a warm and welcoming house filled with light", bringing a smile to the face of any ghosts of Christmas past in attendance!

The FOHH extends our heartfelt thanks to new and old friends of Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House and wishes you and yours a joyous Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

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Photos by Geoff Welch and friends

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