Victorian Holiday

Several Christmas trees will highlight Selma Mansion's Victorian Holiday event on Saturday.

NORRISTOWN — There are many sides to Historic Selma Mansion.

Whether they’re hosting ghosts and apparitions or guests gathered for a fancy tea party, those esteemed walls have been known to embrace all visitors and all seasons with the same hospitality.

 On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the house switches gears from recent Halloween-inspired festivities to a Victorian Holiday, complete with Christmas trees, cookies, raffles, vendors and the splendor of the season on display throughout the house.

Selma Mansion, 1305 W. Airy St., was built around an existing structure by General Andrew Porter, an American Revolutionary War soldier, in 1794 and is one of the  one of the most historic structures in Norristown.

Although renovations are in various stages of development, the stripped- down elegance of the house adapted handsomely to the holiday touches, noted organizer Michaelene Walski.

“The house looks great with the Victorian decorations,” said Walski, who organized the event with fellow board members Dee Kirkpatrick and Bridget Burget Clarke.

“The downstairs is decorated and we have different trees in each room. There will be a station where visitors can make ornaments and string popcorn and cranberries for garlands.”

A variety of homemade Christmas cookies will be available, from shortbread to pumpkin flavored.

Since no holiday event would be complete without Christmas carols, the Colonial Revelers will be on hand to entertain the crowd with traditional favorites.

Among the vendors will be Mariaelena Pascal-Kauffman with her Looks of Lore handmade jewelry and accessories.

“She has been a great support to Selma from the first craft fair we held,” noted Walski, who said Victorian Holiday will wind down a busy year at Selma.

“This is our last event for the year. We’re hoping to start up again in March,” she said.

Walski noted that the diverse attractions at Selma Mansion have been shown to have a wide appeal.

“By hosting the Victorian Holiday, the craft fairs, the Haunted House, it caters to a variety of people in the community.”

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