Christmas & Candlelight 2017

Two weekends in December of every year the local state park hosts ‘Christmas & Candlelight.’ During this time the entire park is decorated for Christmas and each house is decorated by a different group of people or family. There are luminaries throughout the entire park that are lit at dusk. Most of the houses and buildings are open for tours and there are different Christmas music programs at the various churches.

My Mum has decorated the Block family house for the past couple of years. This is the only house that is not decorated for Christmas because the Block family were Jewish. Mum decorates the house for Hanukkah, which usually takes place sometime in December. Now Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration of the rededicating of the Jewish Temple during the second century B.C. Two of the main colors that are associated with Hanukkah are blue and white, so Mum used a lot of blue grosgrain ribbon to decorate with.

On the dining room table is the Menorah. The middle candle on the Menorah is called the Shamash, this means helper or servant, and this is the candle that you use to light the other candles. On the first night you light the Shamash and then one candle. On the second night you light the Shamash and two candles, and so on.

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Mum used some greenery, fake pomegranates, and a holly berry garland to decorate the fireplace mantle in the sitting room. The park asks for volunteers to used fake food to decorate with to help preserve furniture and to keep little critters away.

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A driedel game is set up on the table in the sitting room.

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A sign printed in the print museum at the park.

I love how the decorators used copies of old newspapers to make their paper chain. Super cute idea!

Some candles that were made and some that are drying and waiting to be trimmed.

A picture of the inside of the blacksmith shop. It was nice and toasty in there!

Christmas tree in the 1836 courthouse.

Judges desk in the 1836 courthouse.

I didn’t take too many pictures as we didn’t go to many buildings that year. This year I want to try and go in every building!

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Christmas & Candlelight 2018

I found a few blog posts in my “drafts” tab that I want to finish writing or putting pictures in and share with you all. Better late than never right? (:

In December last year my sister and I attended the Historic Washington State Park’s event….”Christmas & Candlelight.” Every year in December they have this event, and it is always so beautiful! A lot of the historic homes and buildings in the park are open for touring, everything is decorated for the holidays, and they have luminaries everywhere! It makes for a beautiful evening!

When we went I made sure to take as many pictures as I could! Last year I barely took any….but I did better this year! 

The dining room through the window on the front porch of the Block home. 
The dining room of the Block home
The fireplace mantel in the parlor room at the Block home

The first place we went to was the block home, this was the home of the only Jewish family in Washington, Arkansas. The head of the Block family- Abraham Block- moved his family to Washington and opened a store there in 1825. Not only where they the only Jewish family in Washington, they were also the first Jewish family to immigrate to the state of Arkansas.  Instead of having the house decorated for Christmas, it’s decorated for Hanukkah. My Mum is the mastermind behind the decorations for the Block home. I think she did a wonderful job! 

Beautiful basket of candles  

The next place we went to was the candle shop. They have a variety of candles and wax burners, Christmas tree decorations, candle sticks, and much more! Both the sister and I decided to dip a plain, white candle into some colored wax. I made a blue candle, and she made a green one, they both went to our Mum’s candle stash. (: 

After the candle shop we made our way over to the 1874 courthouse. I don’t usually take my time when visiting the courthouse, but the sister and I decided to go see what was there.

The following pictures were from exhibits on the first floor of the courthouse.

The adorable Christmas tree in the 1874 courthouse.

Next, we went upstairs and looked in one of the rooms upstairs. In this room they change out the exhibits periodically. When we went the had an exhibit called “Around the World” Magic Lantern Exhibit.

A rather blurry photo of the different lanterns outside of the courthouse.

I just love this staircase, there’s another one just opposite of this one as well. After the courthouse we went and visited the Royston house.

Isn’t the stained glass beautiful? When you go to the inside of the house and look through the blue glass it gives the appearance that it’s snowing outside! Just lovely!

The sister loved this little glass shoe on the table. :)

Even the piano has some Christmas paper chains!

Another Christmas tree!

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.”

I really enjoyed touring the park for this even and enjoyed the time spent with my sister even more!

Jonquil Festival 2019

Last weekend I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for their annual Jonquil Festival event. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were in bloom, and we had quite a few visitors! It was a great event!

The Sanders Homestead

I gave tours in the Sanders Homestead along with 3 other ladies. The two of us that were inside the home decided to do first person impressions to make things more interesting for all the visitors. This means that we portrayed two of the daughters of the Sanders family. I portrayed Sarah Sanders Garland, wife of Augustus Garland. Fun fact! Augustus Garland became the 11th governor of the state of Arkansas! He served from 1874 to 1877. Bree portrayed Isabella Sanders, the second daughter of the Sanders family.

The beautiful flowers in front of the house! Everyone loved walking through our front gate to take pictures of them.

My reading for in between giving tours- “From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom.”

A portrait of the famous Swedish opera singer- Jenny Lind! She was often referred to as the “Swedish Nightingale.”

One of the rooms of the house is set up as the girls’ room.

Isabella Sanders (Bree) writing her latest story while waiting on visitors to come by.

The parlor of the Sanders home. Isn’t it beautiful!

The gorgeous piano in the parlor.

The parent’s room.

In the afternoon we decided to sit on the porch and watch the surrey go by and greet visitors as they came in through our front gate.

The detached kitchen behind the house.

I wore my Irish cockade from Creative Cockades! Go check out her site! I have two cockades from her (at the moment;)) and she does beautiful work! Everyone loved the cockade!  

Keep on the lookout for future blog posts! I’m in the works of writing out *several* posts and will publish them shortly! Happy Friday!