“A good time was had by all!”
The tapping of telegraph keys and the click clack of a model Pullman train circling the Welcome Center, the bleating of the goats and the laughter of children, carols played on the organ in the house dressed in its holiday finery; they are the sounds of fun and wonder and yes, learning.
We continue the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and it’s evident by our permanent collection of artifacts on display in an insightful interpretation of our best loved president and one of his best known speeches: “The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and the Second Inaugural”.
Call for 2015 Hildene Award Nominations
Robert and Mary's home is decorated throughout the month as they might have done when they stayed at Hildene through the holidays in the early 1900's.
Saturday, Dec. 6: 12:00pm to 2:00pm, local voice coach and performer Joanne Beck plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Sunday, Dec. 7: 11:30pm to 2:00pm, Michael Gallagher plays the Aeolian organ at the House. Michael is the organist and music director for Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester, VT. 12:00pm to 12:45pm, Ramsay Eyre plays his cello in the Welcome Center’s Museum Store. He has been active in music since the age of 5, playing cello, piano & guitar as well as writing original compositions. Now 15, he currently studies cello with Nathaniel Parke in Bennington and attends Burr & Burton Academy. Saturday, Dec. 13: 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Daniel Frank is an organ major at the College of Saint Rose. He is also the organist and music director at St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington, VT. Sunday, Dec. 14: 11:00am to 1:00pm, Rakaia Montane plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Rakaia is a self-taught classical pianist who also loves art, history, science and classic literature. She enjoys playing compositions by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. Saturday, Dec. 20: 10:30pm to 1:30pm, Dr. Joseph Eppink will play the Lincolns’ Aeolian organ and Steinway piano. Dr. Eppink is coordinator of music education and associate professor of music at The College of Saint Rose, conductor of the college’s Women’s Chorale, as well as organist/choirmaster at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Albany, NY. Sunday, Dec. 21: 11:00am to 1pm, Rakaia Montane plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Saturday, Dec. 27: 11:00am to 1:00pm, Ken Olsson, Music Director and Organist, Grafton Church, VT will play both the piano and the organ. Sunday, Dec. 28: 11:30am to 2:00pm, Michael Gallagher plays the Aeolian organ.