Catonsville Historical Society hosts annual holiday open house

"The Birds' Christmas Carol" will land on Frederick Road this weekend as the Catonsville Historical Society hosts its annual Christmas Open House.

This year, the rooms in the house at 1824 Frederick Road will be decorated with birds in mind, said Sharon Stanton, president of the society.

"We've always done a theme," said Stanton, of decorating the house for the holidays."Different people talk about it." "

The public is welcome to check out the decorations on Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but the society will collect nonperishable food items for the Catonsville Emergency Food Ministry.

"The house is beautifully decorated," Stanton said. "We're looking forward to people coming to visit us."

There will be a deejay playing holiday tunes on Saturday and the Salem Brass will perform on Sunday.

While refreshments will be provided throughout the two-day event, a wine reception is planned for Saturday. Santa Claus will pay a visit on Sunday.

"Last year, Santa really caught on," Stanton said. "I love my Santa. He really does look like Santa."

The Catonsville Fire Department's train garden will be up and running in the house's basement.

"People are coming and going all day," Stanton said of the event.

Private tours of the house are available, but must be arranged in advance, Stanton said, as the house is not open daily, and many of the decorations are removed after the open house.

"There are a lot of live greens used," Stanton said of the decorations."We are willing to meet groups and talk about the house."

As president of the society, Stanton is always looking for new ways to attract people to the group, which began in 1973, according to its website..

"My feeling as president is, if you don't have events or programs, why are we asking you to join the society?" Stanton said.

She has organized a variety of events including a Downton Abbey night, a romance author night and Catonsville now and then presentations.

The group also hosted a Halloween event for the first time this year that was quite successful, she said.

Last weekend, the society held its first wreath-making event.

"We have a lot of things going on," Stanton said. "New things, different things. We encourage people to come. We're here. Join the fun."

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