Deck the hall! Put up the holly, laugh and be jolly! It’s time to start the celebration! It’s just the perfect way to start the holiday season. It’s time for the annual Holiday Open House at the James Manning House B&B!
Every year in the beginning of December our little historic community provides holiday spirit for visitors, the greater community and friends of Bethany with an event we call “Christmas in the Village”. This year the event is scheduled for December 1, from 2-4, and is a free event. Many of the area organizations plan special events for everyone to enjoy. The library invites Mrs. Claus to come and help children write letters to Santa Claus. She and a helper read stories to the children. The librarian offers cookies and hot chocolate as well. Bethany United Methodist Church is offering a “Keepsake Christmas for Families”, which includes a hands on craft for inspiration. The Bethany Historical Society has an open house with cookies and punch. They are also planning a surprise display, which reminds us of a great part of our country’s history. Bethany Village, senior living, invites all to their tree lighting and Tricky Tray.
The two historic B&B’s, E. Kellogg House and the James Manning House will be hosting open houses. Enjoy the Christmas decorations and see the beauty of these two lodging inns. There will be seasonal treats at both. Perhaps you’ll have to clear the doorway for the Victorian Strollers to pass with their hoop skirts much in the same way the residents of these fine houses did 150 years past.
The James Manning House is pleased to present the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir singing Christmas carols and seasonal songs. This talented group of young people will delight all who stop to listen. Here at the inn we are preparing dozens of cookies and treats to tempt your palette. Enjoy seeing the Santa Claus collection and decorated trees of various themes. We dare you to count the Santa Claus collection, numbering above 350! (hint: count the snowmen instead, far less of those, for now!!) Maybe you need some unique Christmas gifts, our little gift shop, is ready to help fill the need. Gift certificates are also available for holiday giving.
The evening finishes with “A Journey Through Bethlehem” a living nativity presented by the Bethany Presbyterian Church. The story of Jesus’ birth told through living story and live animals. The living nativity runs from 4:30-6:30, December 1 and December 2.