Evening Of Illumination

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Date & Time: Friday, January 31, 2020
6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: High School, Adult, Elders
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Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Cost: $35/person ($30 for members)
Sponsored by: Old Sturbridge Village
Description: How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs and computers? Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during Old Sturbridge Villages Evening of Illumination. Guided by lantern light around the Village Common, guests visit select homes and shops to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors will be treated to music and storytelling throughout the tour, and will see Village artisans at work by candlelight.

Following the tours, visitors return to the Bullard Tavern for light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar. Tours are limited to 15 people, and leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is recommended as this event historically sells out. Register by clicking your desired time below.

According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, early New Englanders stayed warm and productive during the fall and winter despite dwindling daylight and long hours of darkness. With light and heat coming only from candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and fireplaces, 19th-century families gathered around the fire and played music, games, or listened quietly as someone read aloud by candlelight. In contrast, todays hectic schedules rarely allow for quiet time like this in the evening  unless the power goes out in a snowstorm.

Friday, January 17; Friday, January 31
Times: Guided tours limited to 15 people leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Register for a tour by clicking your desired time below.

Cost: $35/person ($30 for members)

More Information: Website: https://www.osv.org/event/evening-of-illumination/
E-mail: nhardt@osv.org
Phone: 508-347-0205
Entered by: Old Sturbridge Village (marketing@osv.org)

Created: December 26, 2019 at 10:22 AM

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