Victorian Christmas traditions on display at Heritage Center

Authentic and entertaining events are the trademark of Cache Valley’s American West Heritage Center but the next offering has little to do with farming, pioneers and mountain men. The Center is holding the annual Victorian Christmas Feast Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at 6 p.m. in the Opera House at the Heritage Center on Hwy 89-91 in Wellsville. “We pull out all the stops for this event,” said Heritage Center Program Director David Sidwell. “We get all the details right. So many of our Christmas traditions come from the Victorian period. It’s fun to re-live that and see a few more that we may have forgotten.” This event may not completely fit into the “family friendly” category of most of the Center’s activities. “Most children aren’t interested in eating an eight-course meal,” said Sidwell, “and most kids aren’t interested in some of the fancy things and the fun games we’re playing there. John Simpson of Culinary Concepts is catering it; he’s been with us for several years. We take several weeks and research the historic menu to make sure it’s accurate to Victorian times.” This is more than a large dinner event. “We have a Victorian Winter Ball afterwards,” said Sidwell, “and we have activities and other things going on during the dinner. We, of course, bring out the flaming pudding. And those close to planning it tell me a few yuletide gun fights might take place. I know that always gets me in the mood for Christmas.” The Sassafras Folk String Band will provide music for the Ball. Queen Victoria reigned in Great Britain from 1837-1901 and the Victorian Era was dominant from about 1850-1901. Tickets are $29.50 per person for the feast with the dance included with the dinner price, or $5 for guests wanting only to dance.

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