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Historic & Cultural Sites to Hold Holiday Traditions Open House Sun. Dec. 9th
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Editorial Contact:
Gillian Sears
Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
25 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1658 / (800) 499-9615

“Join in on the Spirit of Holiday Traditions”
Auburn: History’s Hometown
Free Holiday Celebration December 9, 2018

November 21, 2018, Auburn NY – Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House Museum over 30 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors to the public for free on the second Sunday in December. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other non-profit organizations.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street (315) 253-6669

Open Noon to 5 PM – Attend SCROOGE THE MUSICAL at 2 PM ($20 general admission; $15 student/senior; $10 children 12 and under) on our Main Stage.

Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street (315) 253-8051
Open Noon to 5 PM – Inspired by the holiday cards and letters between WWI servicemen and their loved ones at home, on display in 1918: A Century Later, we would like to send some well wishes to our current service members. Join Museum staff and write a note of holiday cheer, which will be sent to Fort Drum after the open house. Holiday cards will be provided, all ages welcome.  

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, 180 South Street (315) 882-8060
Open Noon to 5 PM – Come join us for this special day of discovery and hands-on activities. Learn about Harriet Tubman and how to navigate by the stars. Tour the museum. Enjoy making a North Star ornament and a toy of yesteryear. Join a guided tour and hear about Tubman’s Underground Railroad activities and life in Auburn. Free admission and parking.

New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, 25 South Street (315) 258-9820

Open 11 AM to 5 PM – Treat yourself or someone else this holiday season! Join us at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center/Auburn Welcome Center for a holiday pop-up market, featuring more than 10 local artists, crafters, bakers, and other makers showcasing a range of apparel, fine art, jewelry, home décor, ornaments, bath & beauty products, artisanal soups, hot chocolate, coffee and more festive treats. Live performances by Waterloo singer-songwriter Xarika from 12:15-2:15 p.m. and Auburn’s popular four-piece string band Old Rope Factory from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Free entry. Free garage parking (upper levels). Free wifi. Free festive fun. Come sip, shop, and savor the season with us!

Featured Vendors:
Back Porch Oddities
Diane Duthie Designs
Tom Hussey Photography
Brian Atwood Gourmet
Lynn Louise Larson
Finger Lakes Baking Company

Also, stroll through the “Seeing Equal Rights in NYS” exhibition where New York State’s progressive history supporting equality comes to life through interactive displays; shop and sample “made in New York” products and edible goodies in the Taste NY Market; and admire the bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in the courtyard—a photograph opportunity not to be missed.

Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street (315) 255-1553

Open~Noon to 5 PM – Visit the Schweinfurth to view the Art Center's 37th annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit, which includes quilts by 59 artists from the United States and around the world.

Seward House Museum, 33 South Street (315) 252-1283

Open Noon to 5 PM – Experience the halls of the Seward House Museum decked out for the holidays! Harkening back to a Victorian Christmas, the open house also marks the only day of the year when the full Seward House is open for self-guided exploration. The community is invited to get into the holiday spirit against the backdrop of elegant decorations, seasonal arrangements from local florists and artisans, and live music performed throughout the day. ~Museum staff and volunteers spread cheer by regaling visitors with stories of past Seward family Christmases.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 303 Clark Street (315) 730-9039

4 to 6 PM – ‘A Joyful Christmas,’ presented by Auburn Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy a gorgeous arrangement of Stille Nacht (Silent Night), Carol of the Bells, Radetzky-Marsch, fantasies and medleys full of your favorite Christmas tunes, and other wonderful musical joys. Suggested donation $5.

Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, Route 38A (315) 252-7644

Open 11 AM to 4 PM – All are invited back in time and back to their childhood. The Museum/Education Center will be decorated plus vote on your favorite of over 90 decorated Christmas trees. There will be horse drawn wagon rides and musical entertainment. Santa will arrive at 12:30 PM on a horse drawn wagon and will talk to children about their Christmas wish lists. There will be special food and drink available. Come decorate Christmas cookies, make Christmas decorations and enter the Christmas contests. Admission and parking are free. Guided tours will be available, and the gift shop will be open for unique Christmas gifts. Come join in the fun!

Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street (315) 252-0339

Open Noon to 5 PM – Bring your children and grandchildren for some holiday magic. At 1 PM Captain Jack will present “A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas,” sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of America. At 3 PM, local organist Jim Main, Jr. will perform a selection of Holiday Favorites on the chapel’s historic Steere and Turner Organ. Come experience Willard Chapel, a unique “Tiffany Treasure,” right here in Auburn!   

For more information about Holiday Traditions or for a photo from the past events, please call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at (315) 255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly.

About Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions’ partners, the City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Fort Hill Cemetery, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Schweinfurth Art Center, Seward House Museum, and Willard Memorial Chapel.

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