Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey has a history dating back to the Revolutionary War. In fact, the home served as a temporary headquarters for General George Washington as well as a venue for the marriage of Aaron Burr.
An 1847-48 renovation provided its present Gothic Revival appearance, and the museum is now a hub of cultural activity in Bergen County. Tours of this historic home exceed 10,000 children and adults annually and its stewards—the Friends of the Hermitage—sponsor ongoing exhibitions, lectures and seasonal events for individuals and families.
The holiday season always provides occasion for such activities and the museum is invariably bedecked in festive décor during the month of December to cheer the visitors who participate in special tours. On December 13, 2013, the Friends of the Hermitage will ring in the holidays with its annual Champagne and Candlelight event.
The proceeds of this gathering will benefit the children’s educational programs run by the Hermitage. Attendees should dress in business casual attire and will pre-pay $60 each for entry to the museum. After December 7th, late registration will cost $70. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Museum Office at (201) 445-8311 ext. 36.
The program for the evening is a seasonal combination of sights, sounds and tastes. The event will commence at 6:30 p.m. with outdoor caroling by the choir from neighboring St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church. This ensemble excels in many musical styles, ranging from traditional and classical to contemporary and gospel.
Once inside the historic home, visitors can then enjoy a champagne toast amidst the Victorian decorations, each selected by the Hermitage curatorial committee.
Guests are then invited to a catered reception with wine, punch and hors d’ouevres provided by the Take Away Gourmet of Waldwick, NJ. While enjoying these refreshments, guests will be treated to music by the Bill Thoman Jazz Trio.
The theme of the 2013 holiday display is “Song & Verse: Christmas with the Rosencrantzes.” Referring to the family that owned the property from 1807 to 1970, this theme is inspired by the sheet music and songbooks archived by Hermitage staffers.
Many of the preserved songs, poems and stories will be prominently showcased on mantles, wreaths and evergreen trees throughout the house. In addition, many stylish 19th-century dresses owned by the Rosencrantzes will be on display.