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Get in the ‘Spirit of the Season’ at the Golden Village Christmas

Golden Village Christmas will offer shopping, greenery, caroling and holiday cheer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 3 at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

The historic tavern will be decked out for the season, said manager Corinne Becker. Strolling carolers will serenade shoppers while they savor a free cup of hot mulled cider.

The Heritage Arts Center gift shop will offer a large assortment of artisan-crafted gifts for sale. All wares are locally-made, including unusual handwoven place mats and napkins, lace-knit shawls, quilted table runners, wooden boxes and trivets, pottery, handmade baskets and jewelry.

Upstairs, the Spinners & Weavers’ Studio will be open and members will demonstrate their skills. Downstairs, the Quilt Guild will be in residence in their studio. Before heading outside, stop to buy delicious home-made cakes, pies and cookies at Ye Ol’ Bake Shoppe, said Becker.

Inside the Transportation Museum Building, directly behind The Tavern, children will find a special shopping area just for them. For $1 per gift, kids younger than 12 will be able to buy gifts for all the members of their family. Tavern elves will help them select appropriate gifts and then wrap the gifts as well, she said.

On the Tavern Green, Garner’s Produce of Warsaw will sell wreaths, winter squashes, apples and other fall produce. Other vendors will offer jewelry, American Girl doll clothes, knitted items, Christmas decorations and other gifts. Fresh door swags and other holiday greenery also will be for sale by Tavern volunteers.

Then follow the smoke to the Tavern’s forge, where the Blacksmith Guild will be hard at work, said Becker. Next door in the Carriage House, the Woodworking Guild has a colonial era workshop.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will be in the Tavern’s pub room to greet children and have pictures taken. Bring a camera, or get one printed out on the spot for a donation.

The Tavern’s food concession will offer refreshments for the hungry. The menu will include breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and chili dogs, chips, hot and cold beverages, plus sweet treats.

And don’t leave without getting a free candy cane from one of the Tavern’s costumed docents, she said.

An all-volunteer non-profit organization, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern is located at 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.  For more information, visit or 804-580-3377.

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