Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - December 3, 2010

An old-fashioned Christmas treat

The annual Victorian Yuletide Celebration, complete with miniature horse buggy rides around the estate, is being held from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ravenswood Historical Site, 2647 Arroyo Road in Livermore.

This year's focus will be on entertainment, crafts for children to make, and lots of Christmas decorations, jewelry and homemade unique items to purchase at the Gift Shop. Professional photographer Maggie Cruser can take photos with St. Nicholas and Mrs. St. Nicholas or people can bring their own cameras.

The Unitarian Universalist Band and Livermore High School Chamber Choral will perform. Tap Dance programs will be presented by Triple Threat Performing Arts and ballet will be danced by Trinity Arts Dance Academy. The Asbury Bell Ringerswill also play.

There will be gifts for the children and homemade baked goods plus hot cranberry apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and ice cream cones. Children's crafts will be provided by the Café Art-Ceramic Studio, Livermore Pleasanton Pediatrics, Thomas Marcel, D.D.S, and Livermore Military Support.

Learn about the "Lord of Livermore" with a docent-led tour of the historical cottage museum, which is beautifully furnished and decorated for the holidays. Meet the bobbin ladies from the Lace Museum and watch them make lace.

Ravenswood is an 1885-era Victorian country estate in a setting of gardens, which served as a summer home for the Christopher A. Buckley Sr. family of San Francisco from 1885 to 1920. It is managed by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.

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