This year is Wilderstein’s 30th anniversary as a not-for-profit historic site, and the 30th anniversary of its annual holiday celebration as well. Wilderstein is particularly notable for its grounds designed in the American Romantic tradition by Calvert Vaux, and Daisy Suckley was esteemed for her gardening prowess, so you can bet that floral arrangements will be integral parts of the seasonal display as always. While many of the rooms display period ornamentation and are meant to appear as though the Suckley family had just stepped out momentarily, the staff of volunteer decorators changes from year to year, so that other rooms showcase unexpectedly modern holiday décor, juxtaposed dramatically against the home’s Victorian backdrop.
During Christmas season tour hours, complimentary hot mulled cider and cookies are served. But if you want a more total immersion in the world of a genteel Hudson Valley family and a glimpse of what tea-time was like during the Victorian Era, check out Wilderstein’s annual Yuletide Tea, to be served on Saturday, December 11 at 1 p.m. Guests will enjoy a festive afternoon featuring fine tea, homemade cakes, cookies and delicate finger sandwiches.
Early reservations are recommended, as limited seating tends to fill up quickly. To reserve your place or find out more details, call (845) 876-4818 or visit www.wilderstein.org/news.html. And don’t forget to bring your best table manners along!