Sunday, November 6, 2016
Now its time for us to open it up for display.
Christmas House will have it's tour finally with the start this year. New Beginnings Art Festival. We did not want to repeat what was done in the past. How could you ? It was a great time with hundreds of committed volunteers on a mission. No, we thought we would start our own history with this event.
November 12th will be the start of the annual Christmas House Art Festival. I call it New Beginnings this year, because it is. Christmas House has had a new beginning this year with the opening of the B&B and our events. We have rejuvenated the house and it's spirit of giving and want to continue to share this wonderful 10, 000 square foot home to all it's visitors.
Please come visit us on November 12th, 2016. It is from 9am to 4pm. You can then go downtown and see the Holiday Parade.http://www.racinedowntown.com/events/downtown-holiday-parade-tree-lighting-ceremony/ It can be a wonderful start to your holiday season.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Once we decided to be on the Tour of Historic Homes http://preservationracine.org/2016-tour.htm, we did not think we would be on such an adventure. Preservation Racine has been very helpful discovering so many interesting things. We have been on a great trek through the many trails of documents and are uncovering new things that are so fabulous.
Come join us on the tour! Sorry, no reveals until then!!!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Then comes fall. Labor Day for me is the start. I know the calendar does not agree, but this is the way I have thought about it as long as I can remember. The start of the school year kicks it off. It usually starts just after Labor Day. When I was younger, school was another activity. Around August I would get bored and want school to come so I would have something different to do. New shoes, new clothes, school supplies, etc. These things all ushered in fall to me. It was always kind of bittersweet.
The weather starts to get cooler and it is about that time I got tired of being hot. When the leaves change colors everything is so majestic in some places it takes my breath away. I still find joy in seeing the first tree fire red or bright yellow. As a kid we always would try to get the most leaves we could together to jump in. Time after time, we would rake the pile back up so we could jump in it again. Pumpkins and squash and time to eat Chili and Beef Stew!
As I get older, this changing of seasons just keeps reinforcing to me how quick life can pass by if you are not careful. I still enjoy it, still feel a bit the same about loosing my summer. Got to go now, I am going to get in a few more times at North Beach before there is no more time left.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
We love Racine Wisconsin. It has been my home for pretty much my whole life and Pamela has lived here for over 40 years herself. It warms our heart when we get guests in that come back and still find our city fabulous and some even say when they retire, they will move back.
Racine has a lot to offer visitors and families that live here. I guess you can, like anything, focus on what is right or focus on what is wrong. We like to look at all the great businesses that are in town, both large and small. We like to look at all the great things to do in the area. All the great art, culture, and community investment programs that we have and the tons and tons of volunteers that stand up every day, week to help their local church, school and the community.
Our house is also a home. I mean, the nature of a bed and breakfast is that it is also a home. That is not what I am talking about. I am talking about Christmas House's past. It was a home then too. To Emily Baker's family, the Horlick family and to tons and tons of student nurses that stayed in Benstead Hall. Now that we are a bed and breakfast, it has become a house that has called its past residents to come home. And we are happy that they are coming to our house and calling it home for their stay here.
Welcome we will make sure your homecoming is GRAND!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
So we started a GoFundMe for it. https://www.gofundme.com/save-the-porch and we have also started planning some events to help us reach our goal of $100,000. One if the first events is our Save the porch sale we are having on August 6th and 7th, 2016 from 9am to 5pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1711264689145359/
Come check it out! There will be all kinds of stuff. Though I cannot guarantee what will be in there but if you know Pamela Deskins, you will know it will be great, unique and fun. And along the way you will be helping us to fix the porch up to its grandness that it needs to be for our guests and you to enjoy.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Well, I am a recovering work a holic so can you cut me a little slack? I am back on track now and will try and get the posts back up to speed. For those that enjoyed reading it, I am going to say sorry once again and try and not let it happen again.
We have worked so hard over the last few months on several things that needed doing for us to finally feel like we were in business. One of which was our sign. On Friday July 1st, 2016 we accomplished that goal. It went into the yard that day and I could not have been more excited. People thought I won the lottery with 25 million the way I was acting. But I could not help it. When you have a business and do not have a sign marking you are there, people just do not find you as much. The internet helped us some. But nothing says I am here then a big 7 foot tall sign that lights up when it is dark.
So start looking again for the blog. I am going to get back into my routine and get some stories and information out your way. This year I was going to dedicate a part of the blog to 1893, the year the house was built. I will still do that. Along with that I will work on sharing other great items with you,
Thanks for being a part of the Christmas House Bed & Breakfast. We are happy you are here.
Monday, February 29, 2016
The waldorf salad was created at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 not by a chef but dining room manager Oscar Tschirky. The original version of this salad contained only apples, celery and mayonnaise and served on a bed of lettuce.
CLASSIC WALDORF SALAD
1 cup apples chopped, (Granny smith or a Sweet tart apple or a combination of different tart apples)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
Sprinkle apples with lemon juice after they are cut
Add all other ingredients.
Toss to coat all pieces with mayonnaise.
The first hotel was torn down in 1929 by the people who built the Empire State Building and a new one erected in where it is now on Park Ave in 1931.
Our house was built in 1893. Glad it is still here!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Here at Christmas House Bed & Breakfast our slogan is Meet, Celebrate, Rejuvenate. If you have a small meeting or a luncheon come sit in Library or Dining Room. Have a small wedding under 60 people? We are perfect for that as well. Or if you just want a nice night in a beautiful surroundings, one of our rooms will suit you just fine.
When your visiting Racine, WI please stay at the Christmas House. We would love to meet you!
Friday, February 19, 2016
1893 The World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair) opened in Chicago, Illinois on May 1. It was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492 (the Fair was dedicated on October 21, 1892 but did not open to the public until May 1, 1893).
1893 Coca-Cola trademark recorded.
1893 John Tyndall died Dec 4 (born Aug 2, 1820). British physicist. He is popularly remembered as the first to explain why the sky is blue (atmospheric molecules preferentially scatter the sun's blue rays).
1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name. (Hey, Culligan Man!)
1893 The original Waldorf Hotel opened. It had 450 rooms and almost 1,000 employees.
1893 One of the oldest golf courses in the U.S. is set up at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. The course originally consisted of tomato cans sunk in a pasture.
1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.
1893 Good & Plenty candy was introduced by the Quaker City Confectionery Company of Philadelphia.
1893 African American inventor T.W. Stewart received a patent for a mop.
1893 R.W. Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack, a popcorn, peanut and molasses confection. It was introduced at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. R.W.'s brother Louis perfected the secret formula in 1896, which prevents the molasses coated popcorn from sticking together. The prize in each box was introduced in 1912.
1893 The first Ferris Wheel opened at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Invented by George Washington Ferris, it had 36 cars and carried 60 passengers 264 feet high.
1893 'Happy Birthday to You' was first published.
1893 Cream of Wheat was developed by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
1893 Raymond Loewy was born. An American design engineer, he designed the Coca Cola bottle, the 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator, toothbrushes, etc.
1893 Juicy fruit chewing gum introduced.
1893 At the 1893 Chicago Fair, Pabst beer won a blue ribbon, and was called 'Pabst Blue Ribbon" beer from then on.
1893 The last day of the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair) in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492.
1893 Edward Adelbert Doisy was born (died Oct 23, 1986). American biochemist who shared (with Henrik Dam) the 1943 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the isolation and synthesis of vitamin K.
1893 Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown when businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Born February 10,1893
Mary Jane West (Mae West)
Lillian Diana Gish (Lillian Gish)
October 14, 1893
Emmanuel Goldenberg (Howard G. Robinson)
December 12, 1893
Most young people do not even know who these people are or rather were.
It is interesting to me that as our cost of living goes up, we raise wages only to have the cost of living go up again. Value , has that changed?
What do you think?
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Flowers we all love the smell and beauty of them. Flowers are given for many occasions some happy and some sad. But on Valentines Day the average person spends $142.31 on gifts. Almost 200 million flowers are sold and delivered, 115 million of which are red roses. What is the meaning of a red rose? A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all which conveys "Be mine" and "I love you" White Roses: White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. Which color rose do you like? Did you know that all roses have a meaning based on the color of them.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
christmas house how to make chocolate
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 16 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
- Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
- Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Did you know?
This is the second biggest greeting card day of the year! Number one being Christmas. Over 150 million cards are purchased every year. I don't think they counted those kid Valentines the grade school kids would bring every year or that number would be through the roof, don't you think?
History of Valentine's Day
More facts and fun stuff to come this week. What do you do for this special day? At the Christmas House we will be offering a special pricing all month long for anyone making a room reservation. Not just for the week of Valentine's day. We want to make sure you come and have your special day with someone when you can. Reach out to us to find out more.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
History in that way is very interesting to me. I can't remember dates of important events to save my life. But showing me what they wore, how they got from here to there and what music was like back then, now those are things I can really get into.
Take for instance, this dress I have here for you to look at. This is
fashion. Details were important back then. Not like today! Slap a t shirt on and some jeans and you are good to go. And you look like a million other people on the street. No, this look was a bit more detailed. In my opinion, a bit more distinguished as well. I guess there were attitudes that went along with this type of clothing as well. I suspect maybe we will find that out as we go along this year.
Do you find this facinating? If not, do not worry! This will not be all we will be about this year.