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Christmas 2016Northumberland County Historical Society Celebrates Christmas, 2016 with a Meet-and-Greet Reception, December 11, 2016

On Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Northumberland County Historical Society will celebrate the Christmas season.  The format for this year’s celebration will differ somewhat from previous years.  It will hark back to earlier times in the history of the Society. Instead of a guest speaker, there will be a reception for members and friends.  Some have suggested that a timely “meet and greet” for all those members and for those interested in the Society would be a holiday treat. The Christmas season certainly presents such an opportunity. And while we treasure all the wonderful speakers in the past and those to come in 2017, this format will give members an extended opportunity to chat and visit.

To serve as a background for this reception, Dr. Susan Anthony-Tolbert will offer seasonal music on the harp.  While the traditional favorites will certainly be played, lovely, perhaps less familiar, Celtic Christmas selections will also be played and some of the music of J.S. Bach.  The harp music to be offered during the reception comes from her two new releases: “From a Celtic Christmas: Hearth to Harp” and “Bach with a Celtic Twist.” Both albums will be on sale to benefit the NCHS as part of the fund-raising for a ramp for more ease in accessing the building. The refreshment table will contain some Celtic seasonal treats.

Dr. Anthony-Tolbert has been invited to play extensively throughout the Northern Neck and other areas of Virginia as well as Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Her appearances have always sold out. Susan had won first place at various harp competitions both classical and Celtic. Her CDs of harp and marimba solos have done exceptionally well, both at local stores, and nationally and internationally on a variety of musical websites.

A nice selection of historical books and CDs will be offered for purchase to benefit the Historical Society and to give attendees the opportunity to begin or to complete their Christmas shopping.  Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend this Christmas celebration, held at the Society’s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville, at no charge.  For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. We very much look forward to seeing you, your families and friends on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.