Be up bright and early on Saturday, December 1 and see if you can visit any or all of the events listed, starting at 9 a.m. in Dover for:
1. The Biggs Kids:Happy Holidays at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal St. There will be a holiday shop, crafts, performances from a children's choirs, food, plus Museum collections for fine and decorative arts open to 4:30 p.m.
2. Holidays in the New World, 9 a.m. Many different cultures left the Old World for the New, and made their home in early Dover. Learn about the holiday traditions, songs, and pastimes of the different cultures who helped found Dover. Programs begin on the half hour at the John Bell House, 43 The Green.
3. Friends of Old Dover One Day Museum from 10 a.m. Located in the Dover City Hall Lobby. City of Dover City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza.
4. Holiday Open House at Woodburn, the Governor's house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 151 King's Highway.
5. Holiday Celebrations in the early 20th C at 11 a.m. at the Old State House, 25 The Green.
6. White Christmas:A Tribute to Bing Crosby at 1 p.m. at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St.
7. Learn about the story of The Once and Future Courthouse at 1:30 at the Kent County Courthouse, 18 The Green.
You can park your car once and walk to all of these events, centered on The Green.
Now you can consider: A Holiday Open House from 12-5:00 pm. followed by an evening event on December 1 from 7:30-9:30 at the Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton. The American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware presents retired Justice Randy Holland speaking on John Dickinson:America's Rights Advocate. $5 at the door includes coffee and dessert.
Then, on Sunday, December 2 from 3-5 p.m. join a talk at Hale-Byrnes by the lovely Adele Meehan on the 100th Anniversary of Union Park Gardens in Wilmington. Co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR. Again, $5 includes coffee and dessert.
Kaolin Mining at White Clay Creek will be the subject of a talk by Bill Leibeknecht of the Archaelogical Society of Delaware at the Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Governor's Square Shopping Center in Bear DE on December 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Delaware 7 is Delaware Day, which will be celebrated in holiday fashion this year by the lighting of a Christmas tree, program and free treats at Wilmington's Willingtown Square on the 500 block of North Market Street. You can find the exclusive Joe Biden candles (supposedly orange sports drink scented) and other gift items at the gift shop of the Delaware Historical Society. At 7 p.m. there will be a live candlelight concert by Melomanie (love them!) with tickets available here.
Dover celebrates the birthday of local astronomer, Harvard scholar Annie Jump Cannon December 6-9 with author Dava Sobel, panel discussions, talks, visits to Cannon's home. Check the schedule and choose your event.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society is pleased to host a traditional Candlelight Christmas on Saturday December 1, 2018 from 1-6 p.m. . This popular event highlights the society’s historic buildings, decorated with symbols of the season.
Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry with traditional colonial dances amongst trees trimmed in dried flowers, bird’s nests and natural materials at the Barn Visitor Center. Partake of some pound cake and other desserts. Inside our Springhouse, once a schoolhouse in the early 1800s, you’ll see Christmas books from the past and present. Cross the road and join the celebration in the John Chads House, home of John and Elizabeth Chads in the mid-1700s. Fee: $10-15.
The Valley Forge Park Alliance presents "An Unrecognizable America:Life Without the Antiquities Act of 1906" with Jonathan Parker on December 4 at 7 p.m. Fee:$10, location is the Washington Memorial Chapel, 2000 Valley Forge Park Rd., King of Prussia PA.
December 5 at 5:30 p.m. the Chester County Historical Society will present students in West Chester University's Wells School of Musie performing "Sounds of Italy," featuring musical selections spanning centuries of Italian artistry. The event includes family-friendly activities, light food and beverages. Members $10, non-members $12, students $5. RSVP 610-692-4800 or email@example.com.
Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you are invited to A Sugartown Christmas in Historic Sugartown, 690 Sugartown Rd. in Malvern. Bring your family to Historic Sugartown for some holiday fun!Explore the historic village and hear about Victorian Christmas traditions. Kids get a chance to decorate cookies and a gingerbread village and make ornaments and cards, and visit with Santa.
Wreaths Across America at the Paoli Battlefield at 11 a.m. December 15 is an event to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. Observed annually on the 3rd Saturday in December, it is a movement to cover all veterans' grave markers with a Christmas wreath. The location is at Monument Ave. and Wayne Ave. in Malvern.
Warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and the best of New Years from Carolyn Roland, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Your Older and Historic Homes Resource in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.