RAHWAY —The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (MDTMA) will be hosting its annual Holiday Candlelight Evening, Saturday Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the museum building located on the corner of St. Georges and Westfield Avenues in Rahway.
The 215-year-old tavern building housing the museum will be decorated for the holidays as it might have been circa-1800. All the rooms will be aglow in candlelight, and live period music will entertain the evening’s guests with 19th century holiday carols.
This year’s celebration will once again feature the holiday music of Linda Russell, who will entertain audiences with ancient carols, interwoven with Yuletide poems, folklore and even recipes. For 20 years she has been creating holiday magic at churches and historic sites throughout the United States.
Museum Director Alex Shipley noted, “It’s a wonderful evening for families and individuals of all ages, and Linda’s music sets the perfect tone and mood. She always manages to get everyone to sing along and thoroughly enjoy the evening.”
In addition to the festivities, the Museum Gift Shop will be open for the evening and visitors will find items such as home décor, crafts, holiday decorations, candles, pottery, furniture and the latest edition of the Lloyd Garrison Rahway series of Christmas cards. The shop, housed in the circa-1735 Terrill Tavern located behind the museum, is open during museum hours through December to accommodate holiday shoppers.
The program is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Admission to the evening’s event is $10 for members and seniors, $12 for non-members, $5 for students and children under 5 are free. All tickets can be purchased at the door. The price includes appetizers, beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. All proceeds will benefit the continued restoration and interpretation of this 18th century local landmark.
For more information, call the Museum at 732-381-0441 or visit www.merchantsanddrovers.org.
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