Photo courtesy of Pentangle Arts
Pentangle Arts Council hosts several events during Woodstock's
Wassail Weekend, including their annual House Tour. Join the events
Dec. 8 & 9 in the village of Woodstock.
The 11th Annual Holiday House Tour, Pentangle Arts Council's
biggest fundraiser of the year, will brighten up Wassail Weekend on
Dec. 8 with the festively decked halls of six beautiful historic
homes in the heart of Woodstock Village. This year's House Tour has
a few new twists that are sure to make one of Woodstock's most
beloved events even better this December.
This year, the House Tour will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 8. These earlier hours will enable our visitors
and residents to enjoy the lovely Village homes, and then walk down
to the wonderful Wassail Parade that starts at 2 p.m. In addition,
this timing syncs in perfectly with our new Wassail Tea at 2:30
p.m. and 4:15 p.m. at the Great Hall in St. James Church, featuring
a wide array of confections and a special Wassail brew. Tickets for
the Tea and the House Tour (or a convenient package of the two) are
available at www.pentanglearts.org or by calling 802-457-3981.
(Want even more Wassailing on Saturday? The teatimes are perfect
for pairing with one of the performances of The Ten, an annual a
cappella feature at the First Congregational Church at 3 p.m. and
4:30 p.m. that day.)
Then, on Sunday, Dec. 9, the Annual Messiah Sing will once again
conclude the festive Wassail Weekend, at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of the
Snows Catholic Church. It also marks the final performance of
Pentangle's 2012 Chamber Music Series.
Celebrated violist Scott Woolweaver will lead a talented group
of 10 instrumentalists and four soloists, focusing on the Christmas
portions of the famous oratorio. The singers are soprano Erin
Nafziger, alto Elizabeth March Hurley, tenor Frank Levar, and
baritone Keith Kibler. The event is free, with a suggested $10
The Messiah Sing has been filling the Wassail air with holiday
joy for the past 28 years, every December. The late Father William
Gallagher, the founder of this event, asked Woolweaver to conduct
this thrilling performance of Handel's Messiah for the first time
in 1985, and he has led the event nearly every year since then.
Woolweaver said it is the perfect way to ring in the holiday
It has become at tradition at the Woodstock event for the audience
to sing the choruses - all are welcome to join in, and our local
community vocalists have become quite an accomplished part of this
spectacular event. Members of the public may bring their own
librettos, or there will be some copies for sale at the event.
For more information about the House Tour or the Annual Messiah
Sing, visit www.pentanglearts.org or call 802-457-3981.