Whether people want to kick off the Christmas season by leisurely strolling through the lavishly decorated rooms of Adaland Mansion or by enjoying a luscious buffet dinner, Philippi's restored historical mansion, 4 miles north of downtown Philippi, is the perfect place to be Saturday and Sunday, said Executive Director Sharon Harsh.
The official opening of the Christmas season at Adaland Mansion is the Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Guests to the free event will be transported into a magical land of a primarily Victorian style Christmas. Twinkling lights, velvet ribbons and bows, glimmering bulbs and special themed Christmas trees in each room and on the side-yard pavilion will invite guests to return to a quieter and less hectic time. Refreshments will be on sale during the Open House, a part of the Philippi Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The Gift Shop also will be open for selecting special Christmas gifts for every person.
In addition to the Open House, guests also can enjoy a sumptuous holiday buffet dinner on Sunday and Dec. 18, with seatings from noon until 4 p.m. The Sunday buffet dinners will feature two entrees, four to six sides, salads, homemade bread and rolls, Adaland's famous dessert selections and drinks.
An angel trumpets in the holiday season at Adaland Mansion. The mansion, ready to greet the public at its Open House Saturday and a holiday buffet dinner Sunday, offers guests weekend activities that complement Philippi Main Street’s Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the City Building and a visit to the Barbour County Historical Museum.
Buffet dinner reservations are available by calling 304-457-2415 or 304-457-1587. Special seating is available for families and groups.
Because of growing interest in the return of a Christmas Tea, Adaland Mansion will once again host a Christmas Tea from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.
A new event for the 2011 Christmas season is the Candlelight Tour of Adaland Mansion from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21. The candlelight will create an enchanting atmosphere for enjoying the Victorian decorated mansion. Reservations are available by calling 304-823-2456.
Christmas time at Adaland will close out with the traditional New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner. Seatings are at 5 and 6:30 p.m. A new menu promises to please Adaland's regular patrons and those new to this end-of-year event.
More information is available at www.adaland.org.