BELOIT, Wisconsin — Friends of Beckman Mill is preparing to welcome guests with Victorian festivities this holiday season at an event scheduled both Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the historic Beckman Mill County Park & Museum, 11600 S. County Road H, Beloit, Wisconsin.
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.
Mrs. Dickens, portrayed by Jessica Michna of Racine, Wisconsin, will make a special appearance Saturday, Dec. 6. Michna will also portray Ms. Margaret Cummins, Queen Victoria’s head housekeeper, on the second night of the event, Saturday, Dec. 13. Michna is well renown for her first-person portrayals of such famous historic women as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Free photos with a Victorian Santa will be offered on site. Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance for appointments inside the historic Cooperage and Beckman family home 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 catered candlelight dinner for one person and three of their guests, inside the historic cooperage, for Friday, Dec. 19. The dinner will be catered. Tickets are available in the mill’s gift shop during the event or through any of the mill’s volunteers.
Admission to the event is $7 in advance for adults, or $8 at the door. Children 7-17 are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Special advanced four-pack rates are available as well (two adults and two children for $20), and children who are 6 and younger will be admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the Friends of Beckman Mill, or they can be picked up at Donna’s Gas Station in Orfordville, The Little Store in Newark, and About Hair Salon in Newark. For more information, contact Friends of Beckman Mill at (608) 751-1551.
From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue