BETHEL – Continuing a tradition of many years, the Dr. Moses Mason House Museum, decked in boughs, berries and fruit, held its annual “Christmas with the Masons,” which re-creates an early 19th century holiday experience.

Hot mulled cider was served from the hearth of the winter kitchen and special Christmas treats, including fruit, nuts and cookies, were offered in the dining room with holiday harp music from the parlor wafting around.

Fireplaces were lit and craftswoman Lorrie Hoeh knitted while visitors joined in by singing familiar Christmas songs accompanied by harpist Elissa Lufkin.

Visitors were taken back to a candlelit era when Dr. and Mrs. Mason hosted gatherings of family and friends. Serving as hosts were Grace McKivergan, Susan Herlihy, Judy Haskell, Amy Davis and Stephen Seames. More than 60 attended. Providing holiday treats were Judy Haskell, Alan Marcotte, Bessie Bennett and Stephen Seames.

There was a showing at the nearby Robinson House of the recent “Made in Maine” MPBN show that was based in Bethel. The program, which features an interview by host Lou McNally with Bethel Historical Executive Director Stanley R. Howe, focused on the “Barn Again!” Smithsonian Institution exhibit. It was followed by an episode of “Chronicle,” from Boston’s Channel 5, discussing northern New England’s Route 2 with coverage of several local sites.


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