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Boal Mansion to Host Tour, Holiday Market and More

by and on December 04, 2019 4:45 AM

The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, 163 Boal Estate Drive, will host three days of holiday festivities this weekend 

The festively-decorated mansion is the site of the Home for the Holidays Candlelight Tour from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Admission is $10 per person and the last tour begins at 7 p.m.

An authentic Christkindl Market is planned for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Boal Barn. The first Christmas markets in Germany began by at least 1434. Now, they are found in many areas for the Christmas season all around the world. The name means Christ Child Market, but the term “Christkind” usually refers to an angel-like “spirit of Christmas” rather than literally the Christ child. It is this spirit that the Boalsburg Mansion and Museum hopes to bring forth.

Unique holiday gifts and décor will be available from local crafters.

“There will be lots of activities going on here. Live entertainment will be presented by the Friend’s School elementary students,” said Bob Cameron, director of the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion. “A Gregorian Shape Note group is performing and others.”

Also, on Saturday, Dec.7, a Victorian Tea will take place at 4 p.m. and it will include special live music and feature three savories, three sweets and scones. Reservations are required by calling (814) 876-0129.

A juried craft show is planned. Among the items at the craft show are hand-turned ornaments made from a 150-year-old tree that had to be cut on the property. Bowls made from the tree will also be available for sale.

Food trucks will be stationed at a food shack and attendees can look forward to Duffy’s gingerbread.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, the Boal Mansion Museum will host a Victorian Dinner and Dance at the ballroom. The evening features international tapas, dancing and a candlelight tour of the museum; Victorian costumes are optional.

Tapas will include Christmas cups, duck and potato pancakes, Parisian salad, Angels & Devils on Horseback and plum pudding, among others.

A candlelight tour takes place following dinner, and waltz lessons in the mansion ballroom will be followed by open dancing.

For the Victorian dinner and dance, reservations are required and can be made at (814) 876-0129.

Cameron is passionate about the Boal Mansion Museum and Chapel. Why? He says it’s the history of the place.

“Think of it: eight generations of Boals have been here. We have a real gem in this property. We have found so many artifacts — some over 3,000 years old. Over 300 works of art hang in the museum,” Cameron said. “Some of the artwork has hung in the New York City Art Museum, like the Dueling Pistols of General Regis de Trobriand. The general was born in France, came to the United States at age 25. He was a general during the Civil War and fought at Gettysburg for the Union Army.”

This is but one of many stories that Cameron can and does explain during his tours of the Boal Mansion and Chapel.

“I see this property as our region’s Central Park. I have already uncovered several of the gardens and have planted 5,600 trees and shrubs,” he said. “I found a buried fountain and there is so much more that I can envision for the future.”

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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