Get a taste of Victorian celebrations

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site decorated by gardeners in BuffaloGet a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in Buffalo during the Victorian era by participating in the Victorian Christmas events at the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguaral Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

The site has been decorated by the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Eighth District, to evoke the feeling of the times.

You can still make reservations for a luncheon and two dinners this week:

  • “Shirley Temple Black: An American Treasure” will be the presentation by Dorothy Freeman at the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The cost is $25. The menu includes hot chicken salad , wine, dessert, coffee or tea.
  • “Prints, Plaids, Pretty! A Vintage Fashion Show” will be presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Site Costume Resource Center at the dinner on Thursday, Dec. 9. The cost is $45 per person and includes a champagne reception and dinner prepared by the Culinary Arts Program of Niagara County Community College. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will give you an opportunity to browse the holiday boutiques, followed by dinner and the fashion show at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner theater on Friday, Dec. 10 will feature Mike Randall, actor and meteorologist for WKBW-TV, as Charles Dickens. Randall will re-create Dickens’ 1868 visit to Buffalo, where Dickens read from his works, including A Christmas Carol. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a champagne reception and an opportunity to tour the holiday boutiques. Dinner and the performance follow at 6:30 p.m. The meal will be created by Café Allegro.The cost is $65.

Reservations are required. Please call (716) 884-0095.

Through Dec. 11, visitors may view the decorations and visit the museum gift shop for a special $5 admission fee. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 11. A parking shuttle is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 10 to take you from the Holiday Inn parking lot, 620 Delaware Ave., to the Theodore Roosevelt site.

Starting Dec. 12, the museum will return to its normal schedule of guided tours;  the  museum may be visited by guided tour only. Tours are scheduled every hour on the half-hour, beginning at 9:30 a.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. weekends. The last tour is at 3:30 p.m. Group rates are available.

The site will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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