Come home for the holidays to “Christmas On Connecticut” and enjoy the season with events for the entire family.
Weymouth Center invites you to the festive fundraiser where you may drop in for the Decorator Open House, attend the Fabulous 40 Gala, bring a child to the Teddy Bear Tea and, a special bonus this year, see a holiday classic on the big screen at Sunrise Theater. This updated Weymouth tradition traces its roots back to the hospitality of the Boyd family, original owners of the historic property.
“Weymouth invites you get inspired for the season and step out of the hustle and bustle and into the magic of Christmas,” says a spokesman.
The downstairs of the 9,000-square foot Boyd House will be decorated in holiday splendor with live greens and unique inspirations by some of the region’s finest designers and talented Weymouth volunteers.
Entrance will be by donation, not by ticket as in the past, and the community is invited to a relaxing sojourn complete with live holiday music, tea and home-made cookies. During the open house, the new Christmas Shoppe will offer easy take-aways from last-minute gifts to fresh baked goods. The open house is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s talented decorators include Jeremy Bowden, of Calico Corner, in Raeford who is transforming the entrance, vestibule and original entry, including the huge window overlooking the long view vista, with his inimitable style. The large great room receives the award-winning touch of Carol Dowd, of Botanicals Fabulous Flowers and Events. Leslie Habets, of Jack Haddon Floral & Event Design, creates holiday charm in the dining room with its Palladian glass doors overlooking the gardens. The library, with its cozy wood paneling will be decorated by Garden Club of the Sandhills. The front door, by Hollyfield Design, will welcome victors to the Georgian mansion. The work of numerous other volunteers and organizations will detail the outside gates and pillars, and other public spaces, including Sue Huston, Rita DiNapoli, Carol Westerly, Joyce Pilewsky, Marty Dickinson, Weymouth Garden Club, Azalea Garden Club and the Weymouth Dirt Gardeners.
Fabulous 40 Gala
You only turn 40 once, and the Fabulous 40 Gala celebrates the birthday in style. Forty years ago, Weymouth Center was created as a non-profit center open to the public and it has served the community and the state ever since. The Dec. 7 dinner and dance event has a special 1940s flair and invites the entire community to a party with a purpose.
Live dance music from the 1940s, by John Hatcher and Friends, hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Elliott’s on Linden, full bar, complete with the beautifully decorated house will make for a fun-filled evening. A special tribute to the military, both active duty and retired, will be delivered by Capt. Chuck Deleot (U.S. Navy, ret), president of the Patriot Foundation.
As it is a Fabulous 40 celebration, the dress is black tie optional, military dress or dress from the 1940s. Tickets are $150 per person for nonmembers, $125 per person for members and $100 per person active-duty-military. Sponsor tables are available, and reservations are required.
Teddy Bear Tea
As Christmas is a magical experience for children, Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 8 is a marvelous opportunity to see the holiday through the eyes of a child. The activity-packed afternoon includes stories and poems about Teddy Bears, Teddy Bear Bingo, creating a Gingerbread Bread Man ornament and decorating a Teddy Bear Cookie.
A local children’s author is a special guest and there will be a sing-along of children’s favorites. Home-made tea-time treats and a take-away bag round out this experience. Teddy Bear Tea is generously co-sponsored by The Katharine L. Boyd Library and Sandhills Community College and is appropriate for children age 4 and above accompanied by an adult.
“Teddy Bears are welcome,” says the spokesman.
Reservations are requested. Tickets are $15 per person.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., “Paddington Bear,” invites everyone to enjoy a family favorite and get in the mood for Teddy Bear Tea. Anyone presenting a ticket to Teddy Bear Tea receives a free bag of popcorn. Movie tickets are available at www.sunrisetheater.com, the theater office or by calling, (910) 692-3611.
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by individual and business sponsors. Without a like-minded group of individuals 40 years ago this beautiful 26-acre property would likely have been another housing development. If you enjoy walking on the grounds, experiencing the beauty of the gardens, attending musical events, literary events, children’s programs, lectures, book club, taking family photos, special events or the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame come out and support this 40-year landmark institution.