Tinker Swiss Cottage celebrates Christmas Past

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will be alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas Past Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, from noon to 5 p.m. both days.

Tinker Swiss Cottage will be lavishly decorated with pine garland, scarlet bows and gold ornaments as well as many original turn-of-the-century Christmas ornaments.

During the event, children will enjoy making their own Victorian scrap ornament to take home. Hot cider, homemade cookies, and tours of the festive Cottage will be offered both days. Holiday music by students of the Rockford College Music Academy will entertain visitors in the Tinker Barn & Visitor Center from noon until 2:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Other pianists will provide music throughout the weekend.

Admission for Christmas Past at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is $6 for adults. Children younger than 18 will be admitted free throughout December, courtesy of Alpine Kiwanis.

The Cottage is also part of this year’s “Heritage Holiday Tour.” As part of the tour, a joint ticket will be available for $15 that will allow visitors to see Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent St.; the Graham-Ginestra House, 1115 S. Main St.; the Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St.; and the Erlander Home Museum, 404 S. 3rd St. throughout the two-day event.

A horse-drawn wagon will ferry people back and forth between the sites. Rides are free for all joint ticket holders; others may ride for $1. The joint tickets are available at all four participating locations. They will also be available at the door both days of the event.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, built in 1865 by businessman Robert Tinker, is at 411 Kent St., downtown Rockford. Tinker was inspired to build the home after a whirlwind tour through Europe. For more information, call the Museum at (815) 964-2424.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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