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A large crowd enjoyed the annual Christmas musical program and open house hosted by the Historical Society on Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2000. The festivities began with a marvelous hour of Christmas music at Almond Union Church, featuring a choir of twenty-five local children singing several numbers, enthusiastic congregational carol singing, and talented soloists interspersed with poetic narration. Afterwards, those attending followed the children’s choir as they processed to the exquisitely decorated Hagadorn House where scrumptious wassail and cookies were served, with background music provided by a recorder ensemble. Outside, the lawn featured lighted Christmas trees decorated by community groups, and the spotlighted sign was handsomely decked out with greens and red velvet bows, a sight enjoyed throughout the Christmas season by local residents and motorists traveling through town.

Many folks worked to put this celebration together, including Dick Baker and Mayor Bob Morford, who were in charge of the trees, Dennis George, who did the outside wiring, Mary Ellen Westlake, who once again created her decoration magic inside and outside the Hagadorn House, the Fippler recorder group, AACS fourth graders for making the tree decorations, and Kitty Baker, Doris Montgomery, Hazel Bracken, and Harriet Jay for the refreshments. The musical program was organized by Donna Ryan, with Randy Corkey directing the choir. Rachel Cornell and Lindsy Baker were narrators, and special musical selections were performed by Rev. Jane Shumway, Jan Leathersich, Aaron Blades, Steve Crandall, Lee Ryan, and Sola Prince.

On the following day, the house was open in the morning and evening, with Mary Ellen Westlake, Wayne and Betty Kellogg, Kitty Baker and Hazel Bracken serving as hosts for the guests. A special thank you goes to Almond Union Church for the use of the sanctuary.

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