Celebrate Christmas on ‘the Farm’
Take a step back in time on Saturday, Dec. 16, by visiting Russell Farm Art Center for its annual event, Christmas on the Farm. The event is free and family friendly.
“When we have events out here, we want to take people back to pioneer days,” Marcy Spaun, Russell Farm Art Center supervisor, said. “The farm was established in 1877 by Martha Russell and her five children. They moved in Christmas Eve of 1877.”
There will be a vintage firetruck on display, hay rides, chuck wagon food served over an open fire, two different fiddling performances and Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance.
“Guests will be able to tour the historic home on the property from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as docents in period dress will be on hand to tell the story of the Russell family,” Spaun said.
Children are invited to make popcorn garland and birdseed hangers at the craft tables. There will also be historic story telling. Vendors will also be on-site selling handmade wares. “One of the highlights of event is Joey the rein-donkey,” said Spaun. “We stick reindeer antlers on him and kids love to take pictures with him.”
Russell and her husband Robert relocated from Tennessee in 1874. Two years after they moved, Russell’s husband, who was a doctor and owned a mercantile store, died.
“She was left a widow at 32-years-old with five children to raise,” Spaun said. “She decided to sell the practice and purchased 540 acres.”
The city was gifted 33 acres of the farm five years ago and was made open to the public for various events.