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)r a !ing for something to do on Bring your family and guests to Mount Vernon! of George Washington, one attractions in America to visitors 365 days a year, will the from 9 a.m to 4 December 25. in the days of our lbund- was much simpler than 91ebrations, so don't expect to trees or Santa and his Instead, Mount Vernon will in the 18th-century style, branches and pine boughs ~state 9laced above interior A festive holiday will adorn the table :room, which is set and nut course, the course dessert, g with 18th-century tradi- ' decorations are reserved days of Christmas, from 24 through the Epiphany, Washingtons, Christmas at was a festive time, t friends, family, and feasting. LI Christmas would have a number of household some of the many nieces and nephews at Mount Vernon over the Christmas gifts were in the 18th century, did bring presents and the grandchildren on Special Christmas Eve in he returned at last to his at the end of the War. The general came of a whirligig, books and delighted children, who greeted him upon his in the Washington house- /s a bountiful least, and were no exception. Bradbury, who joined in Philadelphia for presidential dinner on of 1795, described a tempting offerings, variety of roast ducks, fowls, hams, jellies, oranges, apples, figs, raisins, and a vari- punch." iday meal featured a e, filled with a variety s and vegetables. One shington wrote to a unable to attend hat his assistance "in the pies" was sorely "nee "all the company, the were hardly able to a minimal household Vernon servants were days off during the and were regu- supplies of food and Some workers SUch bonuses written into as did Philip Bater, a 'hose agreement with provided that he e fi i' ; (!i iiiiiil iil i iii!iii!iii!iiii!i i i iii ! iiliii i i if? i i ! i i ilii!i i!iil i il ...... ~ ~ ~ ~ i~ i~i~i~ ~/ i~i~ i~:~ ~ ~ i A CHRISTMAS DAY ADVENTURE: Pictured here is the east front of the Mount Vernon mansion after a snowfall. The home of George Washington is open for visitors on Christmas day. (Photo courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.) be given four dollars at Christmas, "with which he may be drunk 4 days and 4 nights." While the famous Mount Vernon hospitality made for many memorable Christmases, George Washington was not always able to spend the holidays at home. Although he was away from his estate in December 1758, the holi- day season came to a joyous close when he married Martha Dandridge Custis at her home on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 1759. During the Revolutionary War, Martha was occa- sionally able to join her husband for Christmas in the winter headquarters of the Continental Army. Although the 18th-century traditions differed from today's customs, Christmas at Mount Vernon was still an occasion for celebrating with family and friends, abundant food, and holi- day happiness. The beautiful simplicity of the colonial holidav svirit is exem- plified in George Washington's heart- felt Christmas greeting to a friend in 1797, to whom he wrote, "All unite in offering you, & yours, the compliments of the season; and the return of many, many more, and happy ones." Mount Vernon has been owned and operated since 1858 by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, the oldest national historic preservation organiza- tion in the United States. The estate is located at the southern end of the George Washington Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria and 16 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and is open to the public every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October. Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens, and $3 for children ages six to 11. For more information, call (703) 780-2000. / 7 "4 Christmas Gift Idea 1 0 wash tickets for the price of 9 O0 Bonnie Mist Car W, h Inc. Behind WReN in Fairlea, WV Champagne is the wine of celebra- tion. It is as much a part of holiday fes- tivities as brightly wrapped gifts, glow- ing trees and joyous family gatherings. Remi Krug of the French House of Krug, whose family has been produc- ing the world's finest champagnes for five generations, reveals the classic foods he always pairs with champagne as friends and family gather to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve-- caviar, smoked salmon and oysters. "'The best matches wuh champagne are fish, shellfish and light meats," notes Monsieur Krug. "'When serving champagne, especially fine, complex champagne, always avoid strong, acid or bitter flavors, dark chocolate and powerful liquors. Fhey will clash with and overpower the champagne." For your own special Yuletide cele- bration this year. try Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne. considered by con- noisseurs to be "the crown jewel of champagnes." It provides the ideal, lively sparkle and crisp finesse to bal- ance the richness and saltiness of the following classic Christmas fare: Caviar: Chill and serve in a small crystal bowl surrounded by chopped ice. Add a tiny squeeze of lemon if desired. Smoked salmon: Hand-carved smoked salmon slices, simply gar- nished with fresh dill and accented with a drop of lemon juice and a grind of fresh pepper. Serve on thin slices of pumpernickel bread. Oysters: Make sure the oysters are very fresh, and present on a bed of ice with the shells opened. Season with a pinch of black pepper and a squeeze of lemon if desired. Do not serve with cocktail sauce. / "Happy Than giving" from Nil The quick printing expertst FOR THE BEST PRINTING AND BEST PRICES ~'C~ EL ..... The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, November 22, 1990 5C 1 WHEN SERVING FINE CHAMPAGNE like Krug Grande Cuvee th's Christmas season, always accompany the champagne with classic holi- day fare like caviar, smoked salmon and oysters for a truly sparkling celebration. "When entertaining with fine cham- treating them and yourself!--m the pagne," adds Monsieur Krug, "'the best possible way." overall tone should be tasteful and Since 1843, The House of King, I~x:al- refined, that form of simplicity called ed in Reims, France, has dedicated itself "elegance.' When you ~rve Champagne to producing only superior champagnes. Krug during the holidays, serve it with Today, the Krug family continues to pride. After all. you are sharing the use its traditional methods to create the world's finest with your loved ones, absolute highest-quality champagnes. Keeping holiday flowers and plants healthy To make sure your FTD bouquet or other holiday flowers and plants last through the season, FTD florists recommend the following: Water floral arrangements regularly. Check flowers arranged in floral foam with your fingers. The foam should be moist at all times. If dry, add water and drain excess. Keep holly and evergreens away from excessive heat. Water and mist frequently to keep fresh. Keep poinsettias in a cool place, maintain sufficient exposure to light (natural or artificial), and keep moist with regular watering. Purchase a fresh tree: Shake its branches; if needles fall off, the tree is too dry. Once purchased, keep tree in water at all times. From All The Gang At un May this happy Merry holiday be filled to overflowing with premium fun! Harts Run Exxon 536-4213 Complete Auto Service D MECHANIC ON DUTY While you're out doing your holiday shopping, stop in ...... "" ...... for a treat! Granny's House Restaraunt -. Beside Dixon's Discount, Harts Run 536-1888 NT , Now November 22 to December 31 Now you can deck ~our halls with a collectible holiday glass and get a juiciful Homestyle Single Burger, hot crisp fries, soft drink, and a delicious, I-love-this-taste sundae...all at one great price. Start your Holiday Full Meal Deal. TM At Participating Dairy Queen Brazier Stores. Treat You Right" brazier Seneca Trail, Fairlea 645-1557 Making A List ? Check It With McClung Furniture Co. Whirlpool Microwave Whirlpool Dishwasher Lane Recliners Lane Cedar Chests Gun Cabinets Desks Curios Pictures Dinettes More Than A Plant Store A collection of wonderful things Hand-Crafted Unique Exciting to own or give !05 S Jefferson St. Lewisburg 645-6910 Now is the time to start saving for Christmas 1991. Set aside as little as $1 a week in a Christmas Club at The First National Bank. You'll earn 5% and be a step ahead of holiday expenses next year. When you open your 1991 Christmas Club, we've got free gifts for you...choose from an elegant brass candleholder, a six-piece steak knife set, a glass pie baker or a classic weather thermometer. Our gifts to you for banking at your First and Forever Bank. THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK IN RONCEvERTE Main Office one Cedar Street. Ronceverte 6 7-, .500 Lewisbur~ Office: 219 North. Lewisbur~ 647-5051 Member FDIC Bean Bags Bassett Bedroom Suits Broyhill Living Room Suits RCA Televisions RCA VCR's Lay-away - Financing Available - Free Defivery Rt. 219 N. Lewisburg, WV 24901 645-3721