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Celebrate Holiday Cheer At Hallockville Museum Farm

Originally Posted: November 28, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Santa will be visiting Hallockville Museum Farm on December 2. (Photo: Linda Burke)

On Sunday, December 2, Hallockville Museum Farm is hosting "Christmas at Hallockville," an annual family tradition celebrating the spirit of the holidays. Vistors will make their way across the museum campus moving from house to house, while experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holiday season. "Christmas at Hallockville" will feature Christmas caroling, crafts and of course a visit from Santa.

The Depression-era Cichanowicz Farmhouse will be decorated in 1930's Polish-American style and feature live piano music, Polish-language Christmas carols, traditional babka and seasonal decorations, with two rooms devoted to the Christmas Eve preparations typical of the period, and the other rooms will be devoted to the Christmas Day experience. "It reminds me of Christmas when I was a small child and this is a great way to keep the traditions alive for the next generation of Polish-Americans," said Carol Grzywinksi, Hallockville Board President.

Stop by the1834 Hudson-Sydlowski house for a one-stop seasonal emporium, with Miss Ella's Shop which will feature a selection of handmade and local crafts, educational children's games and toys, stationery, books and gifts for all ages. Also in the 1834 Hudson-Sydlowski house will be the Bake Shop and Café serving a variety of homemade baked treats, packaged baked goods for gift-giving, Christmas greens, late-season vegetables from local farmers and apple cider.

The Hallock Homestead house, the oldest structure at the museum, will be decorated in Victorian-period seasonal décor and have live music and caroling performed by the East End Arts adult chorus. Make sure you come hungry, mince meat pies baked in the wood stove along with apple cider and cocoa will be available. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the baking, make crafts and enjoy antique toy exhibits. " 'Christmas at Hallockville' shows visitors how the holiday used to be celebrated on Eastern Long Island with the focus on family traditions, music and merriment, without the commercial trappings of what clutters present-day celebrations," said Herb Strobel, Executive Director of the museum farm.

Of course no Christmas is complete without a visit from Santa Claus, who will arrive at Hallockville in the bright red 1939 Ford pickup truck.

Admission to Christmas at Hallockville is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12, free for children under 6 and a family pass is $18. Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. For more information visit www.hallockville.com or call 631-298-5292.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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