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BELOIT, Wis. — Friends of Beckman Mill is preparing to welcome guests with Victorian festivities this holiday season at an event scheduled both Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the historic Beckman Mill County Park & Museum, 11600 S. County Road H, Beloit, Wis.
Guests will step back into time as they tour historic Beckman Mill by candlelight and experience Victorian holiday traditions by ladies and gentlemen of the era.
The mill’s spectacular holiday décor will bring the spirit of Christmas past to life. Visitors will enjoy hot apple cider, gingerbread, a roaring bonfire, and caroling that will put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Living history presenters dressed in period clothing will talk about Victorian traditions, games, fashion and holiday decorating. Onlookers will learn how Civil War soldiers celebrated the holiday — and may even be forced to join “the cause” and take part in “School of the Soldier!”
Event visitors will delight in meeting Margaret Cummins, head housekeeper of Balmoral during the reign of Queen Victoria, as she prepares for the arrival of the royal couple and their nine children. They’ll learn about the traditions and history of the season. Jessica Michna of Racine, Wis., will portray Cummins on the second night of the event, Saturday, Dec. 14. Michna is well known for her first-person portrayals of such famous historic women as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams and Mary Todd Lincoln.
A rare opportunity is available at the event for visitors to complete their holiday traditions. Family portrait sessions will be offered on site, and images from inside the mill will be used as backdrops for the photos.
Special rates and packages are offered for this special event. Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance for 15-minute appointments inside the historic mill by calling Lisa Karr Photography directly at (608) 295-1788.
In addition to a host of Victorian activities, the mill is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a candlelight dinner for one person and three of their guests, inside the historic mill, to be held Friday, Dec. 20. The dinner will be catered by Best Events Catering and comes with a choice of meal options. Tickets are available at Visit Beloit and in the mill’s gift shop during the event.
Friends of Beckman Mill is also offering the opportunity for guests to shop for their Christmas trees on site. There will be a limited number of trees for sale on a first-come basis.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for children and Friends of Beckman Mill members, and children who are 6 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, contact Friends of Beckman Mill at (608) 751-1551.
Posted Dec. 4, 2013