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Annual Christmas festivities at Lorenzo planned

The holiday spirit and sounds of the perennially favorite Christmas at Lorenzo will once again be filling the air in Cazenovia from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 10 for Christmas by Candlelight, and run from 1 to 4 p.m. through Saturday and Sunday Dec. 11 and 12.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather dependent) by Lamplit Farms, made possible by the Lorenzo Driving Competition and the Friends of Lorenzo, will be available throughout the three-day program. Round-trip rides to the Rippleton Schoolhouse will also be featured during Sunday hours when 19th century crafts, refreshments and live music will be presented in this circa 1814 setting.

With generous program support from The Friends of Lorenzo - and the artistry of volunteer decorators - the neoclassical mansion will be abounding in festive decorations throughout. And in the spirit of giving, more than 25 volunteer docents will be assisting staff with tours. Father Christmas will once again greet patrons and invite them to enjoy spirited decorations by Dan McCann of Five Seasons, Susan Anthony, Nancy and Elizabeth Whiting, Jill Gates, Nancy Hook, Terry Cramer and Gary Johnson, Sara Mitchell and Wendy Van Der Bogart. Festive greenery and decorations throughout the site will also be provided by the Cazenovia Garden Club.

A favorite among visitors, wassail will be served in the kitchen each day, and an array of holiday sweets from local restaurants and caterers will also be offered. Another special feature of Christmas at Lorenzo this year will include the opportunity for individuals and families to sit for, and bring home, vintage-style photographs by Victorian Whispers during Saturday and Sunday hours. Proceeds from the sale of distinctive gifts and seasonal items from the Lorenzo gift shop will help to support future programs and projects at Lorenzo.

Friday evening's Christmas by Candlelight will feature the Belle Aire Handbell Trio ringing in the holidays; the John Rohde Jazz Trio will delight visitors with American holiday standards on Saturday; and the Bells and Motley Consort will offer the sounds of a "Merry Olde Christmas" on Sunday.

A modest admission price is charged for a holiday visit to Lorenzo. By advance reservation, groups of 12 or more will also be welcomed for guided tours during available weekdays.

The Friends of Lorenzo will also host a member-guest Preview Party on Thursday Dec. 2. For more information about Christmas at Lorenzo, the Friends of Lorenzo Preview Party or advance registration tours, call 655-3200 or visit lorenzoNY.org.

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