The Christmas Village of Chatham, Virginia
December 1 and 2, 2006

Mr. and Mrs. Santa

Mr. and Mrs. Santa will host Breakfast with Santa.

History Comes Alive

Students of local history, young and old, will not only have the chance to learn about many of the skills that have contributed to our unique “Southside” life style, but they will have the chance to practice those skills themselves. Historic crafters and vendors, musicians, and special programs will all be found in the “Christmas Village” stretching along Main Street from the Court House to Church Lane on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Local and visiting crafters will exhibit the traditional home arts of knitting, quilting, spinning, and rug hooking. An on-site blacksmith will be forging items for sale, while Chatham's own Mr. James Womack will open his saddlery store to demonstrate his craft. Traditional culinary arts are not forgotten with black pot cooking, country hams, fried fish, peanuts, popcorn, and gum drop trees. All will be able to see a dulcimer construction, exhibit, and performance demonstrated by a master craftsman from the Blue Ridge Mountains and by a multi-talented Chatham musician. Programs explaining the tobacco industry, the wine making industry, the Frontiersmen and Native Americans of our region, along with an “Old Time Music” concert will educate and entertain all. “Breakfast with Santa” is an occasion to meet and be photographed with Mr. and Mrs. Claus while learning 19th century childrens games and hearing Christmas stories from the past.


Re-enactors accompanying the carriage and bus tours of “The Doors of Chatham” will highlight people who have been important in the formation of the town. At the same time, they will share historical and architectural details of many of the homes on North and South Main Streets. Who knows who might join the tours along the route? All are invited to learn about the historic organ of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, to enjoy a musical selection, and to be welcomed into the season by the Dan River High School and the Chatham High School choral groups.

Vendors of many seasonal products will also be a part of the Christmas Village. Come to purchase provenal linens, jewelry, shawls, yarn angels, pocketbooks, birdhouses, candles, wreaths, and much more. Enjoy an art exhibit, participate in an auction of artsy chairs, and purchase a beautiful calendar to remind you of “The Doors of Chatham” throughout the year. Finally, conclude this special weekend attending an “Early American Service of Lessons and Carols” performed by a multi-church chorale accompanied by harpists, cellists, and violinists from the Renaissance Music Academy.

December 1st and 2nd in Chatham is a must for your Christmas this year. History, music, the arts, and great food come together to invite you “home for Christmas in Chatham.”

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