Sauk County Historical Society Edwardian Christmas 2012
A Few of My Favorite Things
An Edwardian Christmas – December 8
From mansion to movie palace
When King Edward VII assumed the English throne in January of 1901, the Edwardian Era began and the Victorian Era was officially over. While customs didn’t change overnight, the Edwardian Era did usher in new attitudes during an era of great opulence, invention and change in Britain and America. Christmas during the Edwardian Era was an exuberant time with many changes that we still embrace today. While the Christmas tree was well accepted by the 20th century it became widespread during the Edwardian Era. Electric Christmas lights also began to be used. New toys came on the scene including the teddy bear, Lincoln logs, the erector set, tiddlywinks, tinker toys, Crayola crayons, Lionel trains and tin wind-up toys. Other cultural additions from the era include Peter Pan which first debuted in 1904 in London and O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” first published in 1909.
The spirit and exuberance of an Edwardian Christmas will come to life on Saturday, December 8 from 12-7 p.m. at two Baraboo locations from the Edwardian Era, the Van Orden Mansion finished in 1903 and the Al. Ringling Theatre built in 1915. At the Van Orden Mansion, twelve fresh Christmas trees will be displayed in various rooms each one decorated by area designers, businesses and volunteers with “a few of my favorite things.” From “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” to “silver white winters that melt into spring”, each tree will display some element from the beloved song. Participating decorators include Amber Moon Floral, The Village Booksmith, Bekah Kate’s, the Sauk County Humane Society, Mona Larsen, Diane Thomas, Paul and Ann Wolter, Bruce Ley and Cindy Weber, June Schumacher, Carol Kratochwill, and Dave Saloutos of Baraboo. Saloutos will once again create an entire Christmas room – this year showcasing Christmas in the 1960s and 1970s including an aluminum tree, a mod 60s tree and a typical 70s tree. The room will also highlight the advent of animated Christmas specials and music from the era.
The dining room of the mansion will once again be filled with holiday goodies surrounding a gingerbread mansion and live Christmas music by area musicians throughout the day will enhance the feeling of Christmas past. An exhibit of Edwardian Era toys and Christmas cards will be on display to bring back the feeling of the era. Outside at the mansion, horse and carriage “jingle bell” rides will be offered from 2-6 p.m.
Down the street at the Al. Ringling Theatre the Christmas spirit will also be in full bloom. Over 25 Christmas trees decorated by Al. Ringling Theatre board members will be on display throughout the theater. Santa Claus will be on hand for photos from 12-2 p.m. Christmas music will fill the theater including Christmas favorites on the mighty Barton organ. A Christmas Movie Trivia Contest will bring back Christmas memories and provide a chance to win fabulous prizes. Popcorn and other holiday treats will be available and Al. Ringling himself will also be on hand to extend holiday greetings at his theatre. The Sauk County Historical Society and the Al. Ringling Theatre Friends invite you to experience An Edwardian Christmas on December 8. Tickets for adults are only $5 for either location and a combo ticket for both the mansion and the theater is $8. Children under 12 are admitted free and members of both organizations receive a discounted admission. Tickets will be available at the door at the Van Orden Mansion at 531 Fourth Avenue or at the Al. Ringling Theatre at 136 Fourth Avenue in Baraboo. We hope you will experience the grandeur of An Edwardian Christmas from mansion to movie palace. For more information contact the museum at 608-356-1001 or check out our website at www.saukcountyhistory.org
You may expect to see each of the 12 trees indivitually decorated using one of the lines from the song, These are a Few of My Favorite Things.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things