The General Henry Knox Museum, Montpelier on High Street/Route 131, will hold its annual Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. This annual event has the museum decorated for the holidays, along with musical performances by local musicians and festive refreshments.

Every year, rooms in the museum are decorated by local businesses and museum members to reflect winter and the spirit of the holiday season. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. The museum welcomes Lisa Farley, of Flowers by Hoboken, as new decorator this year, along with Necole Dabrio Janczura, Benie Colvin, Patricia MacDonald, Sarah Aley and the Camden Garden Club. The Lady Knox Chapter of the DAR; Anne Perkins; and Virginia and Barry Hodge return as decorators, among others.

Musical performers this year include Castlebay, The Tea Cups and the Rusty Hinges Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, Harborside Harmony and the kantele ensemble Suomolaiset Jouset will perform.

Admission to the Open House is free for everyone. Canned or dry goods will be accepted at the door for donation to the Thomaston Food Pantry; every year, the generosity of open house visitors results in a significant delivery to the food pantry. Cash donations to support the museum’s programs are always welcome.

The Carriage Shop, the museum’s gift shop, will be open for shopping; and there will also be a bake sale to benefit the museum.

For the third year in a row, a special Benefit Preview Party will be held at the museum Friday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to meet some of the decorators, enjoy appetizers and libations, support the museum and kick off the holiday season in style. Tickets to the Benefit Preview Party are $35 in advance ( or 354-8062), $40 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Benefit Preview Party, call 354-8062 or email

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