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NLHS Holiday Open House is fast approaching, and we look forward to welcoming folks of all ages! The entire village will be filled with merriment and activity.
You are invited to join the many who attend this annual event and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays in the Historical Village.
We are a bit shameless in boasting about our village, collections, and exhibits, and we delight in showing off when visitors arrive. For this event, some name dropping is in order too!
Listen to and enjoy the following local music groups who will be with us during the day: Exit 13 Tuba Quartet, The Lowe Profiles, Kearsarge Regional Elementary School Tone Chime Choir, Kearsarge Regional High School Men’s and Women’s Select Choruses, Sunapee Singers, Nicole Densmore on flute and Charlotte Perkins on violin.
The transportation Building will host the silent auction and musical performances in addition to showing off its fabulous carriage collection.
This year you will have a special opportunity to view six Abbott Downing carriages now in the Phillips Barn for the winter. The Express Wagon, Three Spring Wagon, Crawford House Mountain Wagon, Pony Sleigh, Roof-Seat Break, The Lamprey. Although best known as makers of the famous Concord Coach, the “Cadillac of Stagecoaches”, they also made horse-drawn vehicles for pleasure and work including sleighs, drays, and heavy wagons The Abbot-Downing Historical Society, of Hopkinton, is eager to share their newest carriages from their collection with visitors during the Open House.
Businesses who contributed include: A. G. Evans Photography, Alioops, Artisan’s, Clarke’s Hardware, The Garden Spa, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hubert’s Family Outfitters, Inn at Pleasant Lake, Jensen and Yurich, Lemon Twist, Lisann’s, New London Barn, Northern Stage, Serendipity, Skyeview Alpacas, Tatewell Gallery, Tucker’s, Unleashed, and Walker Automotive.
We have countless donations from individuals including an original Verne watercolor; two prints of Musterfield Farm by Annie Ballin; original signed art by James Calvert Smith; a signed Lauridsen print; "Le Dame du Soir" and “When Your Cup Runneth Over” by Carol Lummus; and many handcrafted items from talented NLHS members such as Gwen Dunn, Britta Ek, Maggie Ford, and Shelby Blunt.