Dear Friends and Patrons,
Brunswick beckons you to the dear old downtown this Saturday, December 13, where you can enjoy an old fashioned
with special activities for the entire family, a visit from Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and free admission to the Heritage Railroad Museum by candlelight (10am to 4pm).
At Beans in the Belfry Melanie and helpers have set up and decorated our festive 8-foot towering Christmas tree and decorated our stained-glass lit cozy space with old fashioned memorabilia to make you feel at home.
At our farm table, Karlen will help kids decorate their own real gingerbread houses with royal icing and colorful candy to display and take home (from 12 noon to 4pm). One candy on the house, one in the mouth. She’s been baking gingerbread for weeks as they did in her home country of Norway.
In our choir loft, Santa’s elves have set up a Secret Workshop where kids can purchase nice affordable gifts for family and friends for just a few dollars. Elves will assist kids with their selections and help with gift wrapping and gift tags while parents can relax with a cup of gingerbread latte or a glass of hot spiced cider or wine down below and out of view (from 12noon to 8pm).
In the kitchen, we’ll have chestnuts roasting for visitors to sample and purchase. Hanna will fry German potato pancakes as are served at Christmas markets in the old country and our baristas will prepare hot chocolate, hot spiced cider, delicious teas, espresso drinks and, of course, Gluehwein, sweet hot spiced holiday wine. Our shelves are stocked with German Lebkuchen, Pfeffernuesse, Stollen, chocolate Santas, and other feel-good nostalgic holiday confections.
While in Brunswick, remember to shop local! Our gift shop is well stocked with bags of gourmet coffee, tea in gift boxes, baking accessories for kids such a cookie cutters, sprinkles, aprons, mixing tools, French presses, tea pots, china gift sets, endearing plush puppets, Santa hats and collars for your pets and so much more. Don’t know what to get? Pick up a Gift Certificate or Gift card to your favorite coffee house that will keep on giving.
Local Brunswick resident and historian Jim Castle kindly agreed to a special book signing of his latest book about Brunswick which will make a special unique gift for relatives and friends in town or who have since moved away (11am to 7pm).
Why not stay for dinner and an evening performance of a delightful version of folk, bluegrass and originals by the Improbables with finest guitar play and soulful harmonies to wind up a day of old fashioned nostalgia. No cover – just tips in their bucket, please.
We look forward to enjoying the festive activities with your family and friends. There is more to downtown Brunswick than meets the eye.