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Supper, home tours spread holiday cheer in Upper Stewiacke

By Lyle Carter

Interest continues to grow for a special Christmas celebration in Springside and Upper Stewiacke this Friday and Saturday.

Judy Miller, left, and Colleen Jackson stand with a mannequin display of an early day couple on a sleigh ride at the Stewiacke Valley Museum

For many it will be a two-part event, beginning with a supper at Springside hall that will include chicken stew, biscuits, cranberries and tea and coffee each day between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person.

Meanwhile, in Upper Stewiacke, from 5 to 9 p.m., the theme will be ‘Immerse yourself in the Christmas Spirit,' which is a tour of three beautifully decorated homes and the Stewiacke Valley Museum.

"The homes and the museum are nicely decorated for people to tour," said Judy Miller, a Christmas celebration organizer. "I think the selection of houses this year is exceptional. The homes that will be toured belong to Alvera and Ronal Graham, Beth and Frank Tree and Nicole and Heath Dennis."

Miller said the Tree home dates back at least 200 years and has been totally renovated while maintaining original hand hewn beams in the floors and ceilings.

The Graham home is about 135 years old and is decorated to take visitors back to an old-fashioned Christmas.

"The Stewiacke Valley Museum was built in 1886," Miller said. "It became a museum in 1987 and now artifacts depicting life in the valley during past years. The General Store, the Dressmaker's Shop, the family kitchen and living room are all decorated for Christmas. I believe people will also enjoy other displays of Christmas memorabilia."

Come To Christmas In The Valley is sponsored by the Upper Stewiacke-Springside pastoral charge committee of stewards.

"This is really much more then a house tour," Colleen Jackson, another organizer, said. "This is going to be an outstanding community Christmas celebration. Interest seems to be reaching a high and tour tickets are going quite well."

Tickets for the tours cost $10 and include refreshments, which will be served at the Upper Stewiacke United Church Hall at the conclusion of the evening.

Tickets for both events can be purchased in advance at the Upper Stewiacke Co-op or by calling 671-2495 or 671-2029.

Tickets will be available on the evenings of the tours at all places open for touring.

"The Upper Stewiacke United Church will also be well decorated for Christmas," Jackson said. "There will be lots of angels, poinsettias, a large Christmas tree, traditional decorations and whimsical decorations and ornaments created by Sunday school children."

The church hall displays colorful blue and silver decorations and a reef display. The meeting room is a large, lighted village put together by three church members.

Desserts, to be served following the tour with tea and coffee, are also attention grabbing.

"The dessert will be a traditional trifle and a black forest trifle," Jackson said. "A traditional trifle being a pound cake, custard, strawberries, raspberries and real whipped cream. A black forest trifle is a chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, cherry pie filling and real whipped cream. How would you ever choose?"

Jackson feels that for people taking in both events, it will make for quite a night out.

"A dinner with homemade chicken stew and biscuits, combined with a colorful Christmas tour and a special desert for $17. I think that's pretty reasonable. I'm actually buying tickets for gifts for family members so that we can enjoy the evening together."

Jackson added for anyone who may choose to take in just one of the events, that's fine too.

Transportation will be provided for the tours at the Upper Stewiacke United Church.

Lyle Carter's column appears every Tuesday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a column idea, contact him at 673-2857.

Organizations: Stewiacke Valley Museum, Upper Stewiacke United Church Hall, Upper Stewiacke Co-op Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Stewiacke, The Valley

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