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‘Our Heritage Hearth’ the focus of Kings County Museum’s annual yuletide tea


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KENTVILLE, NS - It’s a yuletide tea that will transport visitors back in time to enjoy the festive atmosphere of a 1940s-era Kings County kitchen at Christmas time.

“Our Heritage Hearth Yuletide Tea” is being held at the Kings County Museum in Kentville on Dec. 1 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $8 minimum donation. Curator Bria Stokesbury said the event is a chance for friends old and new to gather at the museum to enjoy a festive time of year. She is looking forward to the “fun-raiser.”

A different theme is selected each year for the museum’s yuletide tea, reflecting a current exhibit. This is a way to showcase the ongoing work of the Kings Historical Society in its mission “to promote and preserve the cultural and natural history of Kings County.” Stokesbury said the tea has become a signature event held annually by the society to raise money for the museum’s operating costs.

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She said this year’s event ties in nicely with the current exhibit “Our Heritage Hearth: Exploring the Roots of Valley Cooking From Farm to Table”. She said the exhibit showcases everything from tools used to harvest the family garden to cook books created to pass down beloved recipes from generation to generation.

“The yuletide tea will celebrate a sense of the holidays from the 1940s in both style and theme,” Stokesbury said.

Featured will be the museum’s traditional – and popular – cream tea, scones, jam, live music and a holiday bake shop where visitors can purchase seasonal goodies and get a jump-start on Christmas preparations.

There will also be a chance to do some Christmas shopping in the museum’s gift shop, which carries a variety of local, historically-themed books, calendars and art.

The decorated courtroom will be lit softly with electric candles, making the atmosphere even more reminiscent of the 1940s. Stokesbury said the courtroom would remain open for the week following the event to give visitors a festive destination to help get them into the holiday spirit and enjoy a cup of tea.

She said Santa Claus will be visiting the museum on Dec. 5 to “greet both the young and the young at heart.” She said Santa “flies in” around noon and will be there until 3:30 p.m.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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