FALMOUTH— The Museums on the Green will present “An Olde Country Christmas” on Friday, December 6 from 6-8 pm. The event features readings from Washington Irving’s Christmas essays and seasonal songs and refreshments.
Irving’s literary gift made him a celebrity on both side of the Atlantic. His Christmas essays and better-known works, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” appeared as installments in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The essays, first published in 1820, are based on the holiday festivities and traditions Irving enjoyed while representing his family’s import-export business in England. The stories are told from the perspective of a fictional English gentleman, Geoffrey Crayon.
Reverend Will Mebane Jr., Carol Casey, Len Miele, Meaghan Quinn, Dan Tritle and Annie Hart Cool of Falmouth will be the readers. Stephanie Miele, accompanied by Jennifer Rossiter, will perform seasonal songs. Danielle Velesig, a member of the Museums’ board of directors, will introduce the Christmas readings that, in many ways, reflect the attitudes of today.
The event, part of Falmouth’s “Holidays by the Sea” weekend, will be held in the Museums’ Cultural Center, located at 55 & 65 Palmer Avenue in Falmouth. It is open to the public free of charge. For further information, visit museumsonthegreen.org or call 508-548-4857.