Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Preparing for the Holidays!

Today we are decorating the village houses to get ready for Yuletide. During Yuletide, visitors take special guided tours around the Village and observe different Christmas scenes in each building. We are still looking for singers for our chorus for this. If you are interested, please contact Megan at mbarrell@gcv.org.

Along with Preparing for the Holidays, you can observe more ways that our 19th century counterparts were getting ready for the festivities on Saturday the 26th. You can try making some Christmas Crafts for your tree and home, taste some flavors of the season, and even see how a hog gets from the barnyard to the feast table! 

In other news, Genesee Country Village and Museum hosted it's very first Civil War Immersion event. An Immersion event is one in which the participants are in First-Person the whole time. That is, they assume a character for the weekend and do not break it for the whole 48 hour period. Nothing is scripted, so the participants have to be prepared to react to whatever may happen. In this case, the event was set in Western Virginia in 1861. A local bridge had been burned and the area occupied by the Federal Army. The Confederates are hoping to retake the bridge area. We did not expect to see soliders in town, but we did, many times! It was quite exciting!

Here are the civilian participants in front of Hosmer's Inn.

We hope to host such an event again as it went off very well and all had a great time!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Open Call for Yuletide In The Country Auditions and Volunteer Opportunities!!!

We are still looking for Actresses and Choir Members for our Yuletide In the Country Event.

Young Actresses (Ages 12-14) are still needed for the vignettes that are put on in each of the houses on the tour. The scenes celebrate how Christmas traditions have evolved over the 19th century and range in date from 1830 to 1870. We are also looking for Chior Members for our church scenes.

Performance dates are December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18 in the evenings. All interested parties should email our events department at events@gcv.org to schedule an audition!

If you’re not a young lady or interested in bring in our Christmas Choir, part of Yuletide in the Country event is a large buffet offered in the heated Meeting Center. We are looking for volunteers to help bus tables, greet guests, and help keep our stations supplied from 4-8:30 on the nights of tours. Help out one night or several as your schedule allows! Contact Brett Elliot, Director of Volunteer Services, at belliot@gcv.org if you'd like to be part of the magic!