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Lorenzo prepares to host holiday gatherings

Lorenzo supporters Josie Glos, left, Bob Slodowitz, Betty Gissin, Ginny Spingarn, Beth Carroll and Mary Beth Kuhn enjoying a holiday moment at last year’s “Mansion Preview Party.”

Lorenzo supporters Josie Glos, left, Bob Slodowitz, Betty Gissin, Ginny Spingarn, Beth Carroll and Mary Beth Kuhn enjoying a holiday moment at last year’s “Mansion Preview Party.” Gene Gissin Photography

— For more than three decades, the festive tradition of “Christmas at Lorenzo” has been delighting visitors of all ages to the 1807 estate and home of Cazenovia’s founder, John Lincklaen.

With generous program support from The Friends of Lorenzo, public hours to tour this year’s “O Christmas Tree” themed program will then commence from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, for “Christmas by Candlelight” and the festivities will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

An annual favorite of member and member-guests, The Friends of Lorenzo “Preview Party” will kick off the season on Dec. 1.

The artistry of volunteer decorators, including the work of Nancy and Elizabeth Whiting, Dan McCann of Five Seasons, Sara Mitchell, Susan Anthony, Wendy Van Der Bogart, Gary Johnson and Terry Crammer, Sandy Diefendorf and Sally Ryan — will grace the period rooms of the Mansion.

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Lorenzo Docent Co-chair Susan Anthony readies a holiday tree in the southeast bedchamber for this year's upcoming "Christmas at Lorenzo" celebration.

The Lorenzo Docent Corps and dozens of volunteers will also be on hand to assist staff with tours and offer various visitor services, including serving holiday wassail and sweet treats daily in the kitchen.

Made possible by both The Friends of Lorenzo and the Lorenzo Driving Competition, horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather dependent) will be available during public hours, and 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.

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.

The Cazenovia High School student musicians will be featured in the Visitor Center on Friday night, and vintage-style photographic sittings by Victorian Whispers in the Visitor Center will be available during Saturday and Sunday hours.

A modest admission price will be 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 in December.

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.

For more information about all facets of “Christmas at Lorenzo,” please call 655-3200 or visit lorenzoNY.org.

Barbara Bartlett is director of the Lorenzo State Historic Site. She can be reached at 655-3200 or through the organization’s website, lorenzoNY.com.

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