Holiday traditions abound at Lorenzo

— The opulence of a holiday-bedecked mansion, the jingling bells of Lamplit Farm horses, the sounds of live seasonal music, greetings from Father Christmas and the taste of wassail and homemade sweets are but a few of the outstanding delights “Christmas at Lorenzo” offers patrons this year.

With generous program support from The Friends of Lorenzo, public hours to tour “All Creatures Great and Small” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for “Christmas by Candlelight.” The festivities will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9.

An annual favorite of members and member-guests, The Friends of Lorenzo “Mansion Preview Party” fundraiser will kick-off the season on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The early 19th century home to Cazenovia’s founder, John Lincklaen, Lorenzo State Historic Site has been welcoming holiday visitors to Cazenovia for nearly four decades each December.

Basing their decorations on a love affair with the animal kingdom, the following volunteer decorators have set the holiday mood throughout the period rooms of the Mansion: Dan McCann, of Five Seasons in Fayetteville; Susan Anthony; Wendy Van Der Bogart; Nancy Whiting; Karen Hill; Sara Mitchell; Jill Gates; Gary Johnson; Terry Crammer; and Elizabeth Whiting.

Visitor center decorations by the Cazenovia Garden Club, countless hours of tour-giving by the Lorenzo Docent Corps and the efforts of numerous other volunteers make the festivities possible at Lorenzo each year.

“Christmas at Lorenzo” patrons will enjoy festive American classics during Friday candlelight hours with the CNY Jazz Trio. The Belle Aire Handbell Trio will ring in the season during Saturday hours and the Baroque sounds of Bells and Motley will fill the air during Sunday hours.

Made possible by both The Friends of Lorenzo and the Lorenzo Driving Competition, horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available during public hours(weather dependent), and round-trip rides to the Rippleton Schoolhouse will also be featured during Sunday hours when kids of all ages may enjoy 19th century crafts and holiday refreshments.

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