To the Editor:

We in Bethel have a rare opportunity to peek into a Dollhouse-Collector’s dream home at the West Parish Congregational Church on Church Street, across from Gould Academy, on Saturday, Dec. 3 during the Annual Christmas Tea and Fair. As many folks know, the WPCC Christmas Tea and Fair is one of the beloved traditions in this town to start off the Christmas season.

The special dollhouse was given to the church by Rev. John Russell, in memory of his wife, Eleanor, who died in 2020. It was “El,” (as she was affectionately known,) who made many of the furnishings after she and John hand-made the house itself. The dollhouse will also be available to a true collector who may want to purchase it from the church.

Peering into this house is like being transported into another world of welcoming warmth and beauty. Come see for yourself…as you enjoy browsing through all the treasures at the Fair and spending time with friends at the Christmas Tea.

Lida Iles


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