NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz Present A Holiday on Huguenot Street
NEW PALTZ, NY (November 13, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz present A Holiday on Huguenot Street on December 4 and 5, featuring holiday tours, a Christmas Fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more.
The series of events will begin at 4 pm on Friday, December 4, 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 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 pm. Registration is encouraged. Also available in the DuBois Fort will be a Lagusta’s Luscious Pop-Up Shop selling fine handmade vegan chocolates and confections from 4 – 9 pm.
At 5 pm, the Reformed Church’s annual Christmas Fair will open in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street), featuring a number of local crafts and gifts, followed by Soup on the Stoop and the Reformed Church Choir Concert on the steps of the Church at 6 pm.
At 6:45, carolers from the Reformed Church and the New Paltz High School chorus will sing a medley of holiday songs, beginning at the Reformed Church and proceeding to the Deyo House lawn for Historic Huguenot Street’s annual Community Tree Lighting at 7 pm.
On Saturday, December 5, the Reformed Church’s Christmas Fair will re-open at 9 am and Historic Huguenot Street’s Holiday Tours will resume hourly at 10 am. At 12 pm, all are invited to the Church’s Christmas Café in the Social Hall (92 Huguenot Street).
Beginning at 1 pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host horse-drawn wagon rides along the street, co-sponsored by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rides will be available every 15 minutes from 1 – 4 pm for $5 (children 3 and under are free). Hurds Family Farm will offer children’s crafts in Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue) from 2 – 4 pm ($5).
Throughout the event, guests can shop for ornaments, Steiff bears, jewelry, books, and other holiday gifts in the Museum Shop (81 Huguenot Street). 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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