NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz Present A Holiday on Huguenot Street
NEW PALTZ, NY (November 14, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz present A Holiday on Huguenot Street on December 2 and 3, featuring holiday tours, a craft fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, and more.
The series of events will begin at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, with Historic Huguenot Street’s special Holiday Tours of the historic Deyo House. Tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center on the hour at 5, 6, 8, and 9 pm. Registration is encouraged.
At 4:30 pm, Duetimage Photography will be shooting family and pet holiday portraits in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street). All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Walden.
From 5 – 8 pm, the Misty Mountain Girl Scout Troop will be hosting a cookie walk to support Local at Heart, while working towards their Community Service and Cooking badges. Also at 5 pm, the Reformed Church’s annual Craft Fair will open in the Wullschleger Education Building, followed by Soup on the Stoop on the steps of the Church at 6 pm.
At 6:45, the community will participate in a Paper Lantern Light Parade, beginning at the Reformed Church and proceeding to the Deyo House lawn for Historic Huguenot Street’s annual Community Tree Lighting at 7 pm. Luminaries will line the street and paper lanterns will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop. Paper lanterns may also be pre-ordered in advance online at huguenotstreet.org/shop.
Guests are welcome to take free photos with Santa on the Deyo House porch following the tree lighting until 8 pm, at which point the Big Blue Big Band will perform in the Reformed Church.
On Saturday, December 5, Duetimage will return to the Wullschleger Education Building at 9:30 am for more holiday portraits benefitting the Humane Society of Walden, and Historic Huguenot Street’s Holiday Tours will be offered on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. The Misty Mountain Girl Scout Troop will continue their cookie walk from 10 am – 4 pm. At 11 am, all are invited to the Church’s Christmas Café in the Social Hall (92 Huguenot Street) until 2 pm.
Beginning at 1 pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host horse-drawn wagon rides along the street. Rides will be available every 15 minutes from 1 – 4 pm for $5 (children 3 and under are free), departing from the DuBois Fort. Visitors can also meet and pet a local family of sheep at the Bevier-Elting House.
Throughout the event, guests can shop for ornaments, Steiff bears, jewelry, books, and other holiday gifts in the Museum Shop (81 Huguenot Street). Tour registration and more information is available at huguenotstreet.org/holiday.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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