Friday Roundup: Ice Skating Edition

After an unseasonably warm December, winter weather is at last upon us! While it might be hard to find activities suitable for the freezing weather and short days, one of the historical activities people enjoyed would have been ice skating outdoors on ponds and streams. It is believed the so called Year Without a Summer at the beginning of the 19th century and the subsequent stretch of cold winters set the foundation for skating to flourish from Northern Virginia to New England. Indoor ice rinks began to emerge after the Civil War, and coupled with the mass production of ice skates the activity became more accessible to anyone at any time (1).

Many of these early indoor rinks have now been lost, including the examples known to have been in Winchester. The oldest known indoor rink still in use not just in America but in the world is is Matthew’s Arena at Northeastern University, constructed in 1910. If you have a hankering to explore some other ice rinks with a historic past, check out Three Cool Ice Rinks In Hot Historic Spots from the National Trust for Historic Places. One of the highlighted rinks is at Hot Springs at the Omni Homestead Resort.

If you get the urge to skate yourself this winter, it might be hard to find an rink these days, but you can check out options on Virginia.org, several options exist in the Roanoke area, and for a more group based activity, check out synchronized ice skating in Richmond. Happy skating!

Boys skating on Kern’s Dam, 1906. From the Robert Barton Family Papers, 1268-29 wfchs, from the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives.

Welcome to 2020 from PHW!

While the office will be closed until January 6, we wanted to send out a Friday post welcoming you to the new year. We still welcome feedback on the Bough and Dough Shop, the Holiday House Tour, or any other aspect where you think PHW needs to improve. The first discussion of the Tour and Shop will be held January 13, so for best discussion and consideration, get your comments in to the PHW office before then. You may reach us by email at phwinc.org@gmail.com or by phone at 540-667-3577.

We hope you will join us in looking forward to a fruitful and successful year ahead!

Friday Roundup: End of Shop Survey

The PHW office will be closed next week for winter vacation. In the meantime, we hope you will fill out the Bough and Dough Shop 2019 feedback form. Responses collected will be added to the report in the January 13 PHW board meeting for our after-event debriefing. The survey consists of three open-ended questions to help us plan the types of vendors and items you want as well as other ideas for improvement.

Thank you, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. We’ll see you again in 2020!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from PHW!

Last Weekend for the Bough and Dough Shop

We’ve had a fantastic season at the Shop this year. If you haven’t made it here to the Hexagon House yet, there are still many beautiful and unique products to buy for yourself or a loved one. If you have been here and were thinking about a product or two, stop back in! Several artists are offering end of shop discounts,and all remaining greens (including wreaths from Blackthorn Estates Nursery) are half price.

The Shop is open Friday and Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, and Sunday noon-5 PM. Deck the Walls upstairs at the Hexagon House is only open through Saturday. After Sunday we are finished for the 2019 season!

Thanks again to all our artists who helped us produce one of the best shops in the 43 year history of the Holiday House Tour. It’s hard to imagine how we will top this in 2020, but if you came by and shopped or just looked around, please fill out the feedback forms you may have picked up in your shopping bags or look for an online survey next week so we can begin our planning in January.

Holiday House Tour Last Notes

Did you procrastinate on getting tickets? You are in luck! We still have both Party tickets for Saturday and daylight tickets for Sunday available for purchase at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St. You can also pick up Sunday tickets at The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, and Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center. Sunday tickets are also available for order online through EventBrite.

Even better, the Bough and Dough Shop at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St., will be open until 6 PM today, tomorrow, and Sunday to accommodate shopping during First Friday and the Holiday House Tour.

The weather forecast for the weekend appears decent, with overcast skies and no chance of precipitation. Winds may be your only damper to waiting outside, so be sure to dress warmly if you have to wait in line or for walking between sites.

We heard from multiple guests Courtfield Avenue may be the hardest address to find, so if the wind doesn’t take them out, we will have additional signage directing you from Clifford Street and Academy Lane toward Courtfield Avenue. You can also check the map on your phone via Google Maps.

If you ordered tickets online via Eventbrite, remember to bring your PDF ticket (printed or on your phone) as you start your tour. If you’d like an official ticket, you should be able to pick them up at any of the houses on the tour.

Be on the lookout for the Winchester Little Theatre costumed carolers again this Sunday to enliven your tours. Be sure to thank the volunteers, as well!

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the tours and stop by the Hexagon House for hot drinks and some holiday shopping!

Ticket Sales and Website Updates

About 25 Preview Party tickets are still available for the Saturday evening event at the Hexagon House. Tickets are $50/adult member and $80/adult nonmember. Nonmember ticket price includes a 1 year membership to PHW.

Holiday House Tour Tickets for Sunday are still available at the following locations: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Hexagon House. Sunday tickets are available for order online through EventBrite. Tickets are $25/adult, $6/child 6-12, and free for children under 6.

We successfully completed the move to the new server for the PHW website yesterday. Only one post was lost (and will be recreated when time permits). We hope but cannot guarantee the Friday email will go out as expected.

Due to the uncertain nature of how the next few days will go, we encourage you to thank and look for all our business card level sponsors for the Holiday House Tour: Belle Grove Plantation, Frederick Block, Brick and Stone, and Maral Kalbian. Look for their ads in the House Tour booklet and be sure to check out their services and events!

Maral Kalbian, Architectural Historian

Website, Tour and Shop Updates

The PHW website will be moving to a new server shortly. We know this is a terrible time to be doing this sort of move, but it should be relatively painless for you and our address will not change. If the website is unavailable for a while, try not to panic! We may lose one or two things along the way, but hopefully we’ll be mostly functional.

Preview Party tickets for Saturday, December 7 are still available through PHW at the Hexagon House. Tickets are $50/adult member and $80/adult nonmember. Nonmember ticket price includes a 1 year membership to PHW.

Holiday House Tour tickets for Sunday, December 8 are on sale now at the following Winchester locations: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Hexagon House. Sunday tickets are available for order online through EventBrite. Tickets are $25/adult, $6/child 6-12, and free for children under 6.

The Shop will have extended evening hours this weekend to accommodate First Friday and Holiday House Tour activities. We will be open until at least 6 PM Friday-Sunday.

We have also received a new stock of jelly from Donna Sheetz, including more red and green pepper jelly. Various other artists have or will be replenishing and bringing new stock. If you were here opening weekend, you should stop in again and see what’s new!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Belle Grove Plantation. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets and be sure to check out their upcoming December event while you enjoy our house tours!

Friday Roundup: Black Friday Edition

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Bough and Dough Shop so far! We have received restocks for a number of items, including Blooming Hill lavender products, Eye of the Needle embroidered towels, mittens and ornaments from Very Merry Mittens, and a new original watercolor by Linda Haile of the downtown. We also had a last minute addition of 18″ doll clothes from Stitchery Studio. If you are tired of shopping in crowded box stores looking for Black Friday deals, come see us! We are open at the Hexagon House Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays noon-5 now through December 15.

If you are looking for pottery, we also suggest you visit the Shenandoah Potter’s Guild sale this weekend at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park. Both our Bough and Dough Shop potters Brenda Fairweather and Lin Hausnecht will be there!

We know you may also be worrying about Holiday House Tour tickets. Both the Sunday tickets at $25 and the Preview Party tickets at $50 for PHW members and $80 for nonmembers are still available. Party tickets are only available through the Bough and Dough Shop, so stop by the Hexagon House to get yours!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Virginia Dwelling. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!

Bough and Dough Shop Artists, Part Three

The Shop is in full swing at the Hexagon House now through December 15. Here’s a peek at what we have in stock from some favorite repeat vendors!

Emily Warren returns with lovely cakes, cookies, toffee and other treats from the Homestead Farm at Fruit Hill Orchard. You never know what she might bring during a restock, but it all tastes delicious! You can follow Emily on Facebook or Instagram.

Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking returns with cutting board, cheese slicers, trivets, and ornaments this year. In addition,check out his new offerings of spoons, clocks, and comfortmeters. There are also two plant stands and one lovely tiger maple table available for purchase.

Jackie Tobin returns again this year with her small painted ornaments and signs. Her jam, located in the kitchen, is depleted but there is still red and green pepper jelly, peach, and black raspberry to choose from. Also on Jackie’s tree in the foyer are a number of sea glass angel ornaments by newcomer Destiney Newlin.

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Sidney Enterprises. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!

Bough And Dough Shop 2019

The Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St.

Bough and Dough Shop artist Linda Haile will have notecards and the original painting of the Hexagon House for sale this year. Look for the display in the parlor!

Open to the Public – No Entry Fee

Dates: November 22-December 15

Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, noon-5 p.m.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Shop is a boutique-style holiday gift shop on the first floor of the Hexagon House, featuring talented local artisans. You will find unique handmade items, freshly-baked goods, as well as a selection of loose greenery, wreaths, and premade bows for your holiday decorating. This year, ShenArts will also open the upstairs for the Deck the Walls holiday market, Tuesdays-Saturdays.

The Hexagon House will have themed zones—the kitchen with baked treats, condiments, canned goods, and taste-testing samples of select products; the dining room with fine woodworking, glassware, and handwoven baskets; and the parlor with unique handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and artwork. Be sure to look in every nook for delightful surprises!

When you purchase artisan goods or greenery from the Shop, you will be supporting PHW’s mission to preserve the best of the area’s past. We could not do it without your support!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Eugene B. Smith Gallery. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!