Union Mills to have Christmas open house

December 10, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

If you like to decorate your home for the holidays with fresh, live greenery and a sweet-smelling, just-cut tree, then the Union Mills Homestead's 24th annual Poinsettia and Greens Open House is the place to be this weekend.

This popular yearly event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, seven miles north of Westminster.

Before shopping for your decorations, go into the 1797 farmhouse and see the three rooms decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas.

"There is no admission for the house," said Esther Shriver, executive director of the Homestead. "This is the one time we give back to the public with free admission to everything."

Alloway Herb Gardens has decorated the farmhouse, highlighted by a large cedar tree in the parlor. The tree has been adorned with Shriver family ornaments from years gone by.

In the grist mill, have some hot mulled cider and cookies from noon to 3 p.m. both days.

In the miller's office, Santa will greet children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Also in the mill are decorations -- wreaths and poinsettias in pots and hanging baskets.

"In the tannery is the fresh-cut Douglas fir trees," Mrs. Shriver said. "We just cut them all in Pennsylvania Sunday, in the rain, and we all got soaked."

With the trees are other live greens, including swags, holly, mistletoe and magnolia.

"The gift shop will be open, and this year we have Dorothea's Breads and a man who makes wooden toys," Mrs. Shriver said.

The shop also offers greeting cards, Homestead mugs, trivets and plates, as well as dolls, English story books and the mill's own cornmeal and flours.

Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Homestead.

Information: 848-2288.

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