TAMWORTH VILLAGE, N.H. — On Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth Village presents Farmstead Christmas, a down-home and whimsical event that welcomes the holiday season.
Steeped in seasonal traditions and rural-life activities, this year’s event includes a lighthearted twist by honoring the presence of the museum’s newly discovered family of gnomes. The day’s celebration takes place with and among these mischievous and friendly helpers, as well as the farm’s animals.
Starting at the Museum Center, a main feature of the event includes “Gnome on the Roam,” a gnome scavenger hunt. The hunt assists attendees in visiting each planned activity within the Center and across the farmstead. It reveals the story and delightful details of the farm’s gnomes at each location and those who complete the roam will receive a candy cane. Along the way visitors may wish to picture themselves as a gnome at the event’s photo op.
Other Center activities include the opportunity to make take-home handcrafts, decorate a sugar cookie and view a farmscape made of gingerbread. A cooking demonstration takes place at the open hearth where samples of a roasted chestnut treat can be sampled. Medicinal remedies most associated with the season can be found at the winter apothecary, along with tastings and products. Seasonal decorations will be displayed throughout.
On the second floor of the Center the newly reinterpreted apartment of Doc and Marion Remick features a 1950s-style Christmas tree, a costumed museum interpreter, simple holiday touches, period music and foods.
A festive wagon ride is available to shuttle visitors between the Center and the cattle barn. There visitors can add an ornament to the barn animal’s Christmas tree, spend time in the baby calf meet-and-greet area and read aloud a seasonal story to the animals. In addition, the museum’s Hillsdale 4-H Dairy Club will be on hand to assist nature lovers in making a pinecone bird feeder to take home or leave for the farm’s wild birds.
Between activities visitors can spend time greeting farm animals across the farmstead grounds and walk the scenic Binsack Trail where their handmade bird feeders may be hung from trailside trees.
Small gift items, Remick-raised meats, maple syrup, pantry and herbal products are available for purchase at the Museum Store.
The event is sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire.
Admission to Farmstead Christmas is $5 per person; there is no charge for children ages four and under. Some activities are dependent upon weather conditions; all food samples and handcrafts are available while supplies last.
For more information, call 603-323-7591 or visit the Remick website at www.remickmuseum.org.
–Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
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