Music and more at Montpelier

Nov 21, 2012
Photo by: Tobin Malone The Long Cove Wind Ensemble performed in Montpelier’s Oval Room during the General Henry Knox Museum’s 2011 holiday open house.

Thomaston — The General Henry Knox Museum will host its annual holiday open house at Montpelier Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Twelve rooms will be decorated for the season in 18th-century style, including the General’s Bedroom for the very first time, and live entertainment and complimentary refreshments will be provided. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Castlebay with Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee will kick off the musical programming Saturday at 1 p.m. with their Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle, tin whistle and traditional vocal harmonies. At 2 p.m., flute and cello duo Jubilee will make its Montpelier debut in the Oval Room; and at 3 p.m., harpist Mary Chamberlain returns with her popular selections and some holiday sing-a-longs.

On Sunday afternoon, Kathy Chamberlain-Robitaille will lead Camden’s all-male Windjammer Chorus in some popular holiday numbers at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., June Haining will direct Harborside Harmony, a women’s barbershop chorus, in their special seasonal offerings; and at 3 p.m., Chamberlain returns to close out the weekend’s  Oval Room entertainment.

On both days, visitors will be able to stroll from room to room at their own pace, enjoying the early American holiday décor provided by Anne Perkins, Signe Mather, Mary Ann Carey, Anne Williams, Barbara Backus, Pat Kristiansen, Lysbeth Andrews, Deborah Cotton, Virginia Hodge, Sandy Orluk, the DAR, the Heirloom Garden of Maine, Weskeag Farms, Hoboken Gardens and The Green Thumb. The recently refurbished second floor General’s Bedroom will make its first appearance in the annual event, with decorations provided by Seasons Downeast and Day Cowperthwaite.

The Shop at Montpelier has been recently restocked with many unusual and well-priced holiday items and will be open and provide free gift-wrapping, as well as a generous assortment of homemade goodies available at the baked goods table, on both afternoons. Free refreshments also will be served.

In lieu of admission, canned goods will be welcomed at the door for distribution through the Thomaston Food Pantry. Montpelier/the General Henry Knox Museum is located on Route 131 just at the start of the St. George peninsula. For more information, call 354-8062 or send email to

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Dena S Davis | Nov 21, 2012 21:49

This is a lovely event! Be sure to grab a bit to eat at your favorite Thomaston restaurant and then join us at the tree lighting on the mall at 6:00pm! Visit for up-to-date information!

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