Hildene Offers Holiday Music
It’s Christmas Eve 1912 at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home through January 2. The tree is adorned, the mansion’s windows are candlelit and there’s a fresh scent of balsam amidst floral flourishes and satin ribbon, all made possible by volunteers who give generously of their time and talent to the annual decorating of the family’s home. The holiday season also presents a special opportunity to celebrate the musicality of the Lincoln family, with area musicians bringing the family’s Aeolian pipe organ and Steinway piano to life with their music on weekends. Musicians are scheduled to play at the house as follows: Saturday, December 17, Michael Garvey, organist for the Cambridge Presbyterian Church, will play piano from 1 to 3 p.m.; Sunday, December 31, Michael Gallagher, organist and musical director for Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester, plays the organ from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The classical ensemble, Adirondack Flutes, will also perform in the Welcome Center on Saturday, December 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. To learn more, visit hildene.org. Whether guests choose to visit some or all of the venues at the Lincoln family’s estate, they will find holiday spirit aplenty. The Museum Store, located in the historic carriage barn, now the Welcome Center, is also a popular destination for holiday shoppers. Admission is not necessary for visiting the Welcome Center and The Museum Store. Hildene is open From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily year round. Admission is required. Guided tours are offered daily with an advance reservation for an additional fee. Hildene is closed December 24, 25 and 26.