UNTIL THE BIG E - Sept 12 - 28, 2014

Eastern States Exposition's Gift to the Community


More Info:  (413) 205-5051
Info Line: (413) 205-5115


Eastern States Exposition's Storrowton Village Museum will present Yuletide at Storrowton, Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7 & 8, 11am to 4pm in West Springfield, Mass. This free winter festival brings the community together to celebrate the holidays with traditional Yuletide activities, entertainment and shopping in the historic Village.


Decorated through the generosity of area garden clubs, florists and designers, the Village buildings will be full of innovative and original ideas to turn your house into a holiday wonderland. Walk through the buildings to find beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands, fresh evergreens and all natural materials around every corner.


The Master Gardeners of Storrowton will oversee the festive decorating project and Yuletide coordinator Thelma Greene, of Chicopee, will manage all event decorating. The event will spread holiday cheer with musical performances in the Meetinghouse, animals, ice sculpting and Early American craft demonstrations.


Participating clubs and florists include: the Agawam, East Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Springfield and West Springfield Garden Clubs; the Garden Club of the Westfield Women’s Club; Floral Concepts by Tom of Agawam; Merry Mite Gardens of Suffield, Conn.; The Bloomin’ Bunch, located in Springfield; designer Alma Silverman of Springfield; Anthony Gladu of West Springfield’s Rose Petal & Thorn; Eastern States Exposition Landscape department; and area decorator Pat Byrne of South Hadley. Storrowton Village volunteers will be costumed guides for the event.


Performances in the Village’s Meetinghouse:

Peter Stevens Field Music (fifes and drums) used in the American armies from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War – Sat., noon

Barbara Bennett recital on c.1820 Pratt Pipe Organ – Sat., 1pm

Huntington Dance Center – Sat. 2pm

History & Folklore of the Christmas Tree by Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village Museum – Sat. and Sun., 3pm

Rick Spencer: Music from the American Traditions of the 19th Century – Sun., noon

Richard Smith as Henry David Thoreau – Sun., 1pm

“Seasonal Songs with a Winter’s Theme,” Paul Kaplan – Sun., 2pm


Additional Yuletide features throughout the Village include:

Ice Sculpting Demonstrations – Sunday, Noon – 3pm

Jerry Marchand on the Celtic Harp, Phillips House – Sunday

19th Century Crafts: Broom making, Tinsmith, Hatter, Windsor chair maker – in the Red Barn

Hands-on Children’s Crafts – Red Barn

Blacksmithing, fireplace cooking, quilting and spinning – demonstrated daily

Petting Zoo/Farm Animals – daily on the Village Green

Visit with a Victorian Santa – the Christmas Shop in Potter Mansion

Caroling and tree lighting ceremony– daily at 4pm on the Gazebo


Additional Yuletide features throughout the Village include:


Hot beverages and home baked goods will be available in the Holiday Sweet Shoppe in Potter Mansion. The treats will be provided by Storrowton volunteers and staff. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the educational programs at Storrowton Village Museum.


The Storrowton Village Gift Shop, in the Phillips House, will feature unique gifts, jewelry, scarves and more. Head over to the Christmas Shop in Potter Mansion for a variety of holiday gifts, decorations and collectible ornaments. Shops are open during all Yuletide events and activities. The Gift Shop is also open Mon. – Fri., 9am to 5pm and Sat. 11am to 4pm.


Yuletide week tour admission is $5 per person, children under 6 free:

Yuletide Open House Tours – Tues., Dec. 10 – Sat., Dec. 14, 11am to 3pm

            Yuletide Lantern Light Tours – Wed., Dec. 11, 6 to 8pm


Parking is free for all Storrowton events. Activities will take place weather permitting. For more information, call the village at (413) 205-5051, the Info Line at 413-205-5115 or visit us at www.TheBigE.com.


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Storrowton Village Museum, an educational arm of Eastern States Exposition, presents hands-on school programs and guided tours of its historic buildings throughout the year as well as seasonal 19th century-themed events. It is the site of Storrowton Tavern/Carriage House and Storrowton Village Museum Gift Shop and is a picturesque, popular site for weddings held in its Meetinghouse and Gazebo.


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