The Highland House Museum is decorated for the holiday season and will kick off its second annual Spirits of Christmas Presale with a special event from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
The museum, located at 151 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, serves as headquarters for the Highland County Historical Society.
“It’s crazy decorated, to the hilt, with a snowman theme in all the rooms, upstairs and downstairs,” historical society member Avery Aplegate said.
This Friday, for a $10 donation, you can get a sneak preview of the decorated museum and its Highland House Holiday Gift Shop.
“A $10 donation gets you in the door Friday to shop the night before the Highland House Holiday Gift Shop’s grand opening to the general public on Saturday. Plus, the Friday evening event will offer shoppers wine, punch and hors d’oeuvres,” Applegate said in a news release. “Come and enjoy the spectacle of the holiday decorations throughout the museum while you shop, sip, snack and socialize.”
More than 25 artists and artisans, along with local authors, antiques, and items of Highland County interest, are represented in the museum’s gift shop.
If you can’t come Friday, the museum will host the official grand opening of the gift shop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, when local author Charlotte Pack will be on hand to sign her book “Time Travels.”
The book consists of 200 years of Highland County history and stories.
Each room in the Highland House has been decorated in the snowman theme by different groups and organizations throughout the county.
The historical society is also planning for other upcoming events.
It is bringing back its Children’s Tea Party after a few year’s absence and this year’s event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Highland House. The tea is open to children ages 6-10 and their adult companions for $7.50 a child.
“This will be an elegant party with tea, finger foods, entertainment, and party favors,” the news release said.
Space is limited. The deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 14. Call the museum at 393-3392 to place reservations. Payment must be made with the reservation.
The museum still has a few of the 11-inch tall, steel, enamel-covered letters that were used on the original Colony Theatre marquee. The letters are being sold for $10 each. Applegate said about 300 letters were originally found and there’s not a lot left, but they’re still being sold for $10.
The museum will expand its normal hours during the holiday season. It will be open on Fridays from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. It will close for the season on Dec. 18.
“Please stop by to bask in the splendor of a fully-decorated 1844 gem of a house and do a little shopping while you’re there,” the news release said.
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