Decorated for Christmas, the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg is adorned not so much as a 21st century holiday, but as an international tour with Victorian influences. International trees greet museum visitors throughout December.
"We have trees decorated to represent Germany, Russia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Spain, China, Japan, Africa, Greece, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, France, Ukraine, and Jessie Tree (Israel)," according to Pam Salisbury, event coordinator for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. "We also have trees that represent different holiday eras or traditions: Victorian, Kwanzaa, Spirit of Christmas (religious theme), State Bird (Cardinal) and Pioneer or Colonial America."
A special holiday open house is scheduled on Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will feature local entertainment and refreshments. Entertainment will be provided by Scott Cain, dulcimer player from Parkersburg; the Blennerhassett Dancers, performing 18th century dances; and the Parkersburg South High School Madrigals singers. Father Christmas will also be on hand and dressed in Victorian-style finery.
Children visiting the museum have the opportunity to visit with Father Christmas. Parents or guardians are encouraged to bring cameras to capture special moments. The museum gift shop will be open and will feature 25 percent discounts off gift purchases on regular or sale priced items. The gift shop is operated by the Blennerhassett Island Foundation.
The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, located at 137 Juliana Street, will be open through Dec. 23, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum reopens for the 2013 season January 2. The island and sternwheeler rides resume operation May 1. Standard admission fee for the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for children. There is no admission fee on Dec. 2 for the open house.
For information, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.