A Huge Holiday Thank You!!

A Huge Holiday Thank You!!

12/20/2016

The holidays are a magical time at the Seiberling Mansion. Not only do we get to spread the Christmas spirit, but we also get to share the beauty and history of the mansion. The Howard County Historical Society owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the many people and organizations whose gifts made it possible for the community and our many guests from around the world to celebrate another “Christmas at the Seiberling.”

A wonderful group of community-minded businesses joined the Wyman Group in sponsoring the festivities. Solidarity Federal Credit Union, Ivy Tech Community College, Community First Bank, Duke Energy, Haynes International, and First Farmers Bank and Trust made it possible for thousands of people to tour the mansion for free.

The holiday decor received rave reviews as the “best ever”. The decorators, under the leadership of Peggy Hobson, together put in hundreds of hours, and included Tri Kappa, Lynn Smith, Connie Hess, Psi Iota Xi, Daughters of the American Revolution – General James Cox Chapter, Altrusa, Haynes International – Kathy Young, Goldie Snavely, the Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Ivy Tech Community College, Great Faith Christian Center, Jane Kincaid and Juanita Martin-Davis, Symposium, Kokomo Howard County Public Library, Leadership Kokomo Class of 2016, Melissa Kidwell and Justina Malin, Dana Osburn, Janet Schick, Darrell and Bruce Blasius, Barbara Bothast, Patti Host, Rebecca Lepper, and Mary Groome.

Music is an important part of Christmas, and there was plenty to enjoy at the Seiberling. Visitors were treated to live performances by the Kokomo Men of Note, Kokomo Brass, Vivace Flute Trio, FROGS (Four Really Old Guys Singing), Lloyd, Laura and Michelle Schwartzendruber, Brass Works, Jeff and Dave, The Coventry Carolers, and the Carolers Ensemble from First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Thanks also to Mary Rowe for arranging many of the performances.

Opening night featured carriage rides provided by Breezy Lane Carriage Company, and a visit from the jolly old elf and his helpers, Jim Denny and Paula and Rob Adair. The rosy-cheeked gent in red was back for several more nights after that in the person of Rob Betts.

The prize package for the kid’s candy-counting contest was provided by Comics Cubed, Carver Community Center, STAR Financial, Wings Etc., and the Sound of Music.

We’re also grateful for the support of our many volunteers, who helped host and give tours, served refreshments, cleaned up, answered questions, greeted visitors, and so much more.

We’re looking forward to an eventful 2017, and planning for the replacement of the Mansion’s slate roof. The museum will be closed during January as we pack away the Christmas decorations and clean the exhibits. Make plans to visit again starting February, and have a Happy New Year!