For the 2013 Historic Vienna, Inc. Christmas card, local artist D. Marshall Elliott has once again created a beautiful scene of a snow-covered Freeman Store, festooned with garland and wreaths, cheery lights aglow in the windows and the path to the front door swept clear for museum visitors and holiday shoppers. A special feature of this year’s card is that both the National and State Historic Landmark plaques are visible to the left of the front door, the first year that both have been in place. The card evokes winter chill, the warmth of the holiday spirit and the importance of preserving and protecting our heritage.
The 2013 Historic Vienna, Inc. Christmas card is available in packages of 10 cards/envelopes for $8.50 and is sold exclusively at the Freeman Store.
Santa Claus appears as the 2013 Historic Vienna, Inc. Ornament, the 14th in the series of handmade wooden ornaments by Rachel Peden. Visitors to the Holiday Stroll are familiar with Santa’s arrival on a Vienna Volunteer Fire Department truck, together with Rudolph and other special guests, and his annual stops at the Freeman Store are hugely popular. So, we felt it was time to honor the Man In Red with his own special ornament, available exclusively at the Freeman Store for $19.50.
Many shoppers have told us that they look forward to the arrival of each new ornament in the Rachel Peden series, as they are incredibly detailed and well-made, as well as being utterly unique. For those who are starting a collection, the complete set of 14 ornaments, including historic structures such as the Freeman Store, Little Library, and Bowman House, churches (Vienna Presbyterian, First Baptist) and elementary schools, will be available for $250.00, with individual pieces sold for $19.50 each.
Our Storekeeper is busily unpacking holiday merchandise, which will be featured in the December issue of HVInk. As always, we have a wonderful selection of unique items such as old-fashioned games and toys, books, books, books, and Made In Virginia items such as jams and jellies. The very popular “This Was Vienna,” by Connie and Mayo Stuntz is currently out of print and only a few copies remain during the re-printing process. It is priced at $36.50.
TO KICK OFF THAT HOLIDAY SEASON, THE CHURCH STREET HOLIDAY STROLL WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, WITH THE STREET CLOSING TO VEHICLES AT 6 PM.
SANTA WILL BE VISITING WITH CHILDREN AT THE FREEMAN STORE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH FROM 1 TO 3 PM.
PLEASE KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR DETAILS ON THE STROLL, SANTA’S VISITS, AND MORE ON HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FREEMAN STORE IN DECEMBER.