Knox Museum will hold a special benefit preview party at Montpelier, the big white house at the turn to St. George, Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a chance to meet the decorators; enjoy spirits and appetizers; listen to some wonderful music; support Knox Museum; and welcome the holiday season in style.

Tickets to the special preview party are $15 in advance online at or $20 at the door. Guests will be free to enjoy festive libations and paired bites as they stroll from room to room at their own pace, enjoying the holiday decor provided by Anne Perkins, Dawn Swinton, Lysbeth Andrews, Bruce Habel, Barbara McNulty, Patty McDonald, Knox Museum’s Landscape Committee, Virginia Hodge, the Lady Knox Chapter of the DAR, Weskeag Farms and The Green Thumb, among others.

This year’s special blue and white theme will extend from a loan exhibition of British blue and white porcelains dating 1770 to 1775, designed by Mary Kay Felton, Joanne Richards and Suzy Shaub of the DAR, to Knox Museum trustee Anne Perkins’ always elaborate staircase decor. For the very first time, holiday trees will grace each room, strikingly adorned in blue and white.

The Bel Isle Trio will perform some jazzy renditions of holiday favorites in the Oval Room, so attendees should be sure to wear their dancing shoes. There also will be a very special treat in store for Friday night guests — seeing the General’s and Lucy Knox’s bedroom by candlelight.

Downstairs, the Carriage Shop, the gift shop at Montpelier, will be open for browsing and discovering many unusual and well-priced holiday items. The evening offers opportunities to eat, drink, dance and wander through the mansion at one’s pleasure, with old and new friends. For more information, contact the museum at 354-8062 or

The annual holiday open house takes place the following two afternoons; see the link below.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or