Hi everyone! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas. We had a house full of teens/twenty-somethings on Christmas Eve, and then just the four of us spent a quiet Christmas day together opening gifts, napping (me), and watching football. [Did you see the Steelers-Ravens game?!!] Since the holidays are probably still on all of our minds, I’m sharing today about a Victorian Holiday Celebration that my sweet husband and I participated in the 2nd week-end of December in the small town of Sharon Springs (NY).
The drive to Sharon Springs, which is due west of Albany, takes about an hour on Route 20 through some picturesque countryside. [I did a post a couple of years ago about all the romantic old barns on Route 20.]
A craft fair, holiday demonstrations, and tree festival were held in The Roseboro, a formerly abandoned hotel in the process of being remodeled. [Note: Sharon Springs boasts a number of abandoned hotels and guest houses dating to it’s heyday as a spa resort in the latter part of the 19th century, early part of the 20th. I wrote a post filled with photos of the old spa.] I should mention that as we entered the building, we found ourselves walking through a newly opened antique shop, where I may have purchased a few items (see tomorrow’s post).
We arrived in time for the Fabulous Beekman Boy’s (Brent and Josh’s) chocolate-dipped spoons demo. I mentioned in an earlier post, The Beekman Boy’s 1802 Farm Tour & Garden Party, how lovely it was to meet Brent. We arrived early enough to chat with him and meet Josh for the first time. They are both so easy to talk to and so very “normal.” Brent had me squealing for joy when he asked me to stand up during their presentation and introduced me as a blogger who takes great photos!! I almost cried, it was so sweet.
After the demo, we discovered Santa and the Christmas tree exhibit.
Each tree reflected a different theme; this one contained icy ornaments of all kinds.
From there, we shopped the craft fair, picking up tin ornaments and wooden tops for our kid’s stockings. Upon exiting the Roseboro, we boarded the horse and carriage for a free ride. Keeping ourselves warm with fleece blankets provided for just that purpose, we enjoyed a trot through town, despite the chilly temps.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, “Isn’t my sweet husband handsome?”
After the carriage ride, we strolled through town, enjoying some of the holiday decorations.
Did someone say, “Vintage?!!” Of course, we popped into this dealer shop, Heritage Living Country & Vintage, and again, you’ll have to check out tomorrow’s Vintage Finds post to see what I picked up.
The strolling Christmas choir expertly serenaded us with several carols.
We ended our Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday with a visit to Beekman 1802 where my sweet husband bought me an early Christmas present: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook, written by Brent and Josh.
Brent instructed me that I should let my husband pick out a favorite recipe which I should then prepare for him. Bob has picked the Company’s Coming Apple Cake (p. 123-24), and I’ve promised him I’ll bake it in the new year; I’ll be sure to report on the results.
Bob whipped out his phone and captured a couple of shots of the guys signing my new cookbook.
On the way out of town, we drove past their farm, which we toured a couple of years ago. We were on a quest for buffalo that we had been told we could find nearby. Look for a future post about that adventure.
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