The open house at Hammond-Harwood, 19 Maryland Ave., includes elaborate decorations in 12 museum rooms, costumed docents, musical performances plus hot wassail and cookies served in the 18th century kitchen. Wreaths, kissing balls, table decorations, ornaments, topiary forms and other holiday-related items, made by local garden club members, will be sold, along with fresh-cut greens and other plant materials. Hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students 6 to 18. For more information, call 269-1714 or 267-6891.
Activities at the William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., include greens demonstrations Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and an exhibit of Colonial and Victorian food prepared by students of Anne Arundel Community College, along with informal lectures on Colonial foods, on Saturday.
Activities at the Paca house Friday will include book-signings by two area writers. Mame Warren, author of "Then Again . . . Annapolis 1900-1965," will be on hand Friday at noon, and Donna Mare, author of "Anne Arundel Legacy: The Historic Properties of Anne Arundel County," on Saturday at noon.
In addition to the Colonial displays, there will be Victorian decorations at the 1878 Gassaway-Feldmeyer House, at 194 Prince George St., next door to the Paca house. The display will include a fir tree decorated with Victorian ornaments.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students 6 to 18. Admission includes entrance to the Gassaway-Feldmeyer house. Children under 6 are free. For more information, call 267-8149 or 269-0432.
A combination ticket to both the Paca and Hammond-Harwood houses is available at $10 for adults and $5 for students 6 to 18.