St. Petersburg Center Hill Mansion Museum: 2021 Vacation Designer Home
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Pretty Kerstdagen!
The Petersburg Preservation Task Force and its supporters have been busy elves this holiday season.
Visit the 2nd Annual Holiday Designer’s House in Center Hill which opens this weekend on Saturdays and Sundays. Come back the following Friday to experience “Center Hill Under the Lights”.
You are invited to enjoy the historic mansion on Saturday, December 4 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, December 5 at 5 p.m. to see the hall’s transformations by local designers, florists and garden clubs.
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Visit “Gingerbread Wonderland” in the Center Hill Kitchen. Vote for your favorite gingerbread design in the very first PPTF gingerbread house decorating contest that everyone will love.
Beaunuts Buttermilk Donuts Chef Ernie LaBrecque’s gingerbread design made of donuts will go against Chef Ashlynn Puddin Warf’s gingerbread creation of Puddin’s Eats -N- Sweets.
The winner will be announced during the night tour the following Friday.
In the North Family Parlor, learn about the celebration of Hanukkah and participate in the dreidel game presented by Congregation Brith Achim.
Every room in the house has a special and unique vacation feel, as the decorations showcase the Center Hill Mansion Museum. The musicians will play holiday tunes.
Exceptionally talented artists Iris Schwartz, flautist, Laraine Smith, singer and MJ Perkins, pianist will perform as tourists wander from room to room.
Holiday Designer House Co-Chair Sherry Styve said, “We are delighted with Center Hill night tours this year for that magical, seasonal glow. ”
- South Lounge: Michael Maszaros, Cabin Creek Interiors
- Dining room: Gwen Hill Holt Cooper, Secondhand Rose, Gala Ria, Virginia Stores of the Past Museum
- Front porch, office, south family lounge: Ron Beatty, designs by Ron Florist
- North Family Room: Congregation Brith Achim
- Main hall, Mr. Davis bedroom, main staircase and landings: Cody Hanshew, How I See It Blog, LLC
- North Porch, Ms Davis Bathroom, Vault Room: Cockade City Garden Club
- North Parlor: Larry Davis, stylist at Jerry Atkins and Associates, founder of Larry’s famous HIGH KICK Pimento cheese
- Mrs Davis’ bedroom: Ginger Brooking, creator of Virginia Old World Santa’s
- Ambassador’s room: Andrea Huntjens, event planner and caterer
- Creations from the Petersburg Garden Club will be on display throughout the mansion.
“Tea Time” in the South Family Parlor is in memory of my mom who loved all flowers, especially lily of the valley and pansies, ”Beatty said. “I incorporated in my design decorative objects that she liked a lot; a vase, tea cups and a pillow. “
Brooking decorates Mrs. Davis’ bedroom with Santa Claus.
At the age of seven, Brooking began her collection when she received a bank from Santa Claus from a Christmas Savings Club. About 25 years ago she started collecting handmade Santa Claus and then decided to make her own. His first self-taught Santa Claus were in muslin with painted faces.
Hanshew, who is designing a historic home for the first time, is honored to participate in Center Hill. In the main hall, Hanshew has chosen to go back in time.
“You’ll find classic Christmas hues that blend perfectly with the furnishings and accents in the home as well as respectful nods to the history of the Bolling family,” said Hanshew. “Many of the space ornaments and embellishments have also been handcrafted as they would have been years ago.”
Continuing a tradition, Hanshew hid a “Christmas pickle” for visitors to find.
“The inspiration for Mr. Davis’ bedroom is a nod to the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition from which our legend of Santa Claus is drawn,” said Huntjens, the designer of the Ambassador’s bedroom. “Vrolijk Kerstfeest! “
Friday for the Arts!
The PPTF’s Hill Under the Lights Center will take place on Friday, December 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event will allow visitors to see sites rarely seen by the public.
If you missed opening weekend, spend an evening in the glow of the halls decked out in holiday cheer. Seasonal music will fill the air with two local professional musicians, Colleen Potter Thorburn, harpist, and Ben Thorburn, bass baritone.
Light appetizers, wine and a special drink will be available during the musical performance. Old Towne Alibi Bartender / Waiter Keith Jones created a special “Sleigh My Name” drink for the event.
Entrance tickets cost $ 15 per person and include a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail. A cash bar for additional wine and specialty cocktails will be offered.
Docents will be available to answer questions about the historic grand house.
The opening weekend is free, however, donations to keep the historical museum running alive are greatly appreciated.
Buy your early tickets to Center Hill Under the Lights online at eventbrite.com or at the Exchange Building Museum located at 15 W. Bank Street. For more information, please call the Visitors Center (804) 835-9630.
While in Center Hill, visit the gift shop for local holiday items and adornments.
The Historic Center Hill mansion-museum located at 1 Center Hill Court in Petersburg will be open for $ 10 tours throughout December on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
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