Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Deck the Halls

Rugby's historic buildings will be decorated for Christmas when visitors arrive for the events scheduled over the next three weekends. It's a tall order and Historic Rugby always needs lots of help to make it happen. So every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, village residents and other volunteers gather in the Community Building for the annual Greens Workshop.

Volunteers fashion wreaths and sprays from greenery supplied by more volunteers outside, who collect and pre-cut white pine, hemlock, boxwood, holly, and other species into easily-worked sizes.

Here are a few of the volunteers who made it happen this year

and the one employee who is responsible for it all.

Those events include Thanksgiving Marketplace, which also offers a Victorian Cream Tea in the 1880 Newbury House (Nov. 25); Christmas at Rugby, a Victorian Christmas with wassail, caroling, and a lantern-lighted village (Dec. 3); and the Rugby Holiday Home Tour where private homes will be open and decorated according to Victorian customs (Dec.10). In addition, Rugby's Christ Church-Episcopal will be offering a traditional service of Christmas Lessons and Carols on December 3.

For details and reservations, check the Historic Rugby, Inc., website here.


  1. A whole lotta work and a whole lotta fun. Christmas seemed to start about a month ago here; I'm trying to resist but I know I'll be sucked in pretty soon.

  2. Community, that's what the holidays are all about.

  3. It sounds good fun as well as a delightful welcome. Hope you get lots of visitors. I'd come if it wasn't so far away!

  4. We have no Thanksgiving, of course. My own decorations don't get started until the 1st Sunday in Advent, as it is in Germany. A wreath with 4 candles, one to be lit on each of the following 4 Sundays, until all 4 are burning.