Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2015
Tours begin at 11am, 1pm & 3pm each day
There had already been more than a few frosty mornings. The welcome hours of extra light provided by the harvest and the hunter’s moons had already come and gone. The snow moon would arrive soon. Each afternoon as the retreating sun sank in the west, deep shadows crept from corners to envelope the whole house in a dim chill. The attics and cellars are filled with barrels of corn, piles of fat squash and pumpkins. Strings of dried apples dangle from the beams. The cider has been made and stored in the barrel cellar. Sweet and savory pies have been piled in the attic chests to await the arrival of the truly freezing temperatures of winter. Soon it would be cold enough to butcher and to make candles. This was the season the first European colonists knew as “harvest home” a time for celebration.
On the weekend of November 14th and 15th the Bronck Museum near Coxsackie will hold its Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve tours a celebration of a series of ancient, but now mostly forgotten celebrations. The venerable Bronck houses will be decorated for the celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day. The ancient legends will be told. Visitors will learn how a goose was replaced by a turkey and how one old holiday gave rise to two modern holidays. The Martinmas lanterns are lit, the corn dolly hangs on the front door beside the Lucy bundle. Inside the klompen are ready. The Lucy Kator sits patiently on the parlor stairs and the Lucy crown has been prepared. Visitors will be led by a costumed guide and pass through rooms which approximate the temperatures and light levels present during winters in the 1700s, warm attire is strongly suggested. Swedish and Dutch refreshments will be served. The tours leave from the Bronck Museum Visitor Center at 11, 1 and 3 each day. Seating for this special event is limited and is offered on a first come first served basis. Adult admission for this event is $8, GCHS members and children $4. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, N.Y., and is easily reached via Thruway Exit 21B. This event is made possible in part by public funds provided by the Greene County Legislature thru the Greene County Cultural Fund administered by the GCCA. For more information about the Bronck Museum or this event visit gchistory.org or call (518) 731-6490.