Christ­mas is com­ing to the Colby-Cur­tis

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TheColby- Cur­tis Mu­seum will be first in get­ting peo­ple ready for another hol­i­day sea­son, this month, with sev­eral “Christ­mas Tea” ser­vices and the Mu­seum’s an­nual Christ­mas Sale at their bou­tique. Be­sides the reg­u­lar “Light Tea” which is served in the so­lar­ium at the Mu­seum daily, there will be “Christ­mas Teas” served on Novem­ber 21st, 22nd 23rd, 28th and the 29th, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, ex­cept on the 23rd when the Christ­mas Tea will be served from 10:00 to 3:30, to co­in­cide with the Bou­tique Sale. “Be­sides the reg­u­lar scones and jam, I’ll have cran­berry con­serves for the scones, mince tarts and other Christ­mas treats,” said Nathalie Dun­can who cooks all the home-made desserts for the Mu­seum and runs the tea room. Reser­va­tions for the Christ­mas Tea Ser­vice are ap­pre­ci­ated and ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary for groups of ten or more.

The Colby-Cur­tis’s gift bou­tique will hold its an­nual Christ­mas Sale on Satur­day, Novem­ber 23rd, from 10:00 to 3:30. “This year we have a good range of gifts for new­borns right up to the teens,” said Irene Poulin who helps or­ga­nize the sale and knows that a lot of grand­par­ents like to shop for their grand­chil­dren at the bou­tique. There are sil­ver spoons and cups for baby’s first Christ­mas, small cars and trucks for tod­dlers, mu­rals and posters for teenagers and more. “We went all out on ed­u­ca­tional toys for six to nine year-olds,” ad­mit­ted Mrs. Poulin.

The bou­tique also has a lot to of­fer for the adult on your list, like orig­i­nal Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and books by lo­cal au­thors Louise Ab­bott, Mathew Far­fan and Ross Mur­ray. “The main em­pha­sis of our books is his­tory. We have books about the print­ing press, the his­tory of trains. Mathew Far­fan told me that his books sell best right here!” said Mrs. Poulin.

will be hold­ing its an­nual Christ­mas Ex­hi­bi­tion again this year, run­ning from Novem­ber 16th to Jan­uary 26th. The ex­hibit will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of mostly lo­cally cre­ated works in­clud­ing paint­ings, fur­ni­ture, stained glass, jew­elry, hand­knit goods, hand-quilted bags, books, and more, all in time for the gift-giv­ing sea­son.

Sev­eral of Ge­orgeville’s artist mem­bers, namely Louise Ab­bott, Mary Cart­mel,

The bou­tique will also have Port­meirion table­ware such as cake servers, salad servers and cheese knives. “They were good sell­ers last year so we went with it again this year.”

And for the en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious shop­per, there will also be an ‘An­tique Cor­ner’ at the sale fea­tur­ing gen­tly used items.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve for the Christ­mas Tea, call the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum at 819 876-7322.

The Mansur School­house on route 143, painted by Heather Samp­son.

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