Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Renfrew Museum and Park will host its annual Christmas on the Farm holiday event on December 4, 5, and 6, 2020. Renfrew invites visitors to “Walk Back in Time” through over 200 years of tradition on its historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and rediscover the simple joys of Christmas Past with a safe, family-friendly experience this holiday season!

Follow the soft glow of flickering lanterns and the fiery blaze of torches to the beautifully decorated Museum House to encounter how treasured traditions evolved over the centuries. Explore some of our historic outbuildings where period-attired interpreters will share even more holiday cheer! Enjoy a cozy warming circle while waiting to take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Fahnestock Lane or enjoy a goodie or warm beverage from one of our vendors.             Guests can also step out of the chill into the festive atmosphere inside our Visitors Center where even more family fun awaits. Peruse the gallery, then browse Renfrew’s museum shop and Christkindlmarkt for that special gift. Admission also includes live music, historically-inspired crafts, and more!

Guests are asked to please observe and respect COVID-19 safety and gathering restrictions in effect at time of event. Masks are required inside Renfrew’s buildings at all times and outdoors when a minimum distance of 6′-0″ cannot be maintained. This event will be held rain or shine, and is designed to be indoor-outdoor with limited occupancy permitted within buildings. There’s plenty of room to spread out at multiple locations on the farmstead and maintain physical distancing. Guests are encouraged to stagger their arrival and may enter at any point during the scheduled event time on their chosen date. A period of about two hours is recommended to fully enjoy all planned activities. Sanitizing stations will be provided by Renewal By Andersen Central PA.

Christmas on the Farm is scheduled for three days only: Friday, December 4 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturday, December 5 from 3:30pm to 8:30pm; and Sunday, December 6 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under. Friends of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are also admitted free. Pre-registration is encouraged online at http://www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas, by phone at (717) 762-4723, or in-person at the Renfrew Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission may also be purchased on site at two “Welcome Tent” locations at the east and west ends of the park.

Christmas on the Farm is made possible with generous support from the following sponsors: Renewal By Andersen Central PA, McLaughlin’s Energy Services, Middletown Valley Bank, Buchanan Auto Stores, Bartlett Tree Experts Chambersburg, J & M Printing, and Franklin County Visitors Bureau. For more information on Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas. Questions may be directed to Becky LaBarre, Executive Director, at (717) 762-4723 or info@renfrewmuseum.org.

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park in Waynesboro PA on December 6, 7 and 8. This year’s Christmas on the Farm includes access to the Museum House, summer kitchen, smoke house, cabinet shop, and pottery shop. Each building offers historic period interpreters sharing holiday traditions from Yuletides past. Enjoy cookies and cider, live entertainment, family photo opportunities, and a chance to make Christmas crafts.

Event hours will be December 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, December 7 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and December 8 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for ages 7-17 and children 6 and under are free. Members of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are admitted free.

Museum House tours begin every fifteen minutes and include a chance to view interactive, historic vignettes that explain the progression of Christmas through the years. Decorations in the Museum House represent simpler times. On Friday evening and Saturday, guests will be treated to live music performed by Bill and Joyce Weaver in the dining room.

Local Boy Scouts of Waynesboro Troop 97 will offer a greens lot; volunteer readers will read Christmas stories near the warming circle between the Visitors Center and Museum House; and historic tradespeople will share their skills including blacksmithing, wool spinning, chair caning and more.

Luminaries will provide soft light as guests walk around the grounds and access buildings to enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of Christmas on the Farm. Crackling cresset baskets will be positioned in front of the Museum House helping to provide additional light for guests walking around the property.

Refreshments will be served in the beautifully decorated Visitors Center. The Wagon Shed room will offer crafts. Guests may make a picture frame, a fragrant orange pomander, or a Victorian scrap ornament. Take a break from the festivities to shop special gift items available in the Renfrew gift shop–including commemorative ornaments, holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and more.

Additional information can be found by calling 717-762-4723 or visiting: http://www.renfrewmuseum.org

Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Hometown Holiday is the theme for this year’s Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park on December 7 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 8 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and December 9 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Christmas on the Farm is a yearly event at Renfrew Museum and Park.   Our Hometown Holiday theme was chosen to celebrate this year’s Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years since the Borough of Waynesboro was formed.

The Museum House will be decorated with Waynesboro holiday memorabilia and collectibles provided by local community members.  Model train layouts from Quincy Village Model Railroad Club and the Waynesboro Model Railroad Club will be in the Visitors Center.  A variety of musical groups will perform throughout the three days.  A full schedule of musical performances will be on Renfrew’s website by December 1.

An artist proof by Landis Whitsel, Christmas Past, was donated by Jeff Mace for this year’s raffle to support Renfrew.  An artist proof is one of the first ten prints from an original, signed by the artist.  Artist proofs are printed prior to a larger run of the print.

In addition, Mr. Mace provided historical photographs depicting Christmas scenes from the mid 1900’s.  Many of these pictures were taken by Sylvester Snyder, a noted amateur photographer in the area for many decades.  Mr. Mace’s collection also includes other seasonal memorabilia, including antique calendar.

David George graciously loaned Renfrew many items from his Waynesboro collection to help decorate the house.   The antique fruit dryer is one of the unique pieces of his collection that you’ll see as enter the Museum House through the kitchen.

Admission to Christmas on the Farm includes a Museum House tour along with entertainment in the Wagon Shed Room and the model train displays and refreshments in the Visitors Center.  Admission is $8.00 adults, $7.00 seniors, $5.00 ages 7-18, and Kids 6 and under and Renfrew Members are free.

For additional information on Christmas on the Farm please call 717-762-4723 or visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.