EXETER —Capping a strong 2019 season, which featured a Civic Engagement theme, the American Independence Museum in Exeter will celebrate the holidays from December 5 through December 14 during a town-wide Ring in the Season celebration.

The museum’s Ring in the Season events are sponsored in part by First Seacoast Bank.

“As a 130-year old bank, First Seacoast Bank values preserving our historic and local roots,” said Tiffany Melanson, VP of Marketing & Public Relations at First Seacoast Bank. “We appreciate the museum’s continued emphasis on building community and are excited to be part of this wonderful series of events presented by the American Independence Museum.”

The festivities begin with a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 8 pm, as visitors can experience the glow of Folsom Tavern (c.1775) decorated for the festive season. The event will feature light snacks and refreshments, opportunities to make Colonial holiday gifts, seasonal music, pop-up gift shop, silent auction and more.

In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to bring donations for Seacoast Family Promise.

“It’s a great way to get the holiday season started that also gives back to the local community,” said Emma Stratton, museum executive director.

On Fri., December 6, the museum will host Family Holiday Movie Night at which Folsom Tavern will be transformed into a cozy movie theatre with a screening of Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005).

Set in colonial Williamsburg and culminating in a Christmas ball, the movie explores the life of Felicity Merriman as she navigates the world of patriots and loyalists on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Admission to the event, which takes place from 6:00-8:00 p.m., is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family.

Building off last year’s success, the museum will once again feature Colonial Holiday Tea with seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sat., December 7 and 14 at Folsom Tavern. At this event, guests may “sip delicious teas and dine on small bites” provided by colonial-inspired caterer, For the Love of Food and Drink.

“If you want to experience the holidays in a unique way with family or friends, our Colonial Holiday Tea is really a lot of fun,” added Stratton.

On Sun., December 8, tickets for Womenade of Greater Squamscott’s Exeter Area Holiday Home Tour will be available for pick-up at Folsom Tavern from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tickets are still available at exeterareaholidayhousetour.com. While open for ticket pick-ups, the museum’s pop-up gift shop will be open to the public and holiday refreshments will be available.

“It is our hope people visit us during one or more of these events to celebrate the holidays, participate in the local community and learn more about the American Independence Museum,” said Stratton.

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum welcomes more than 5,000 visitors annually and distinguishes itself with educational school programs and events that make history fun and relevant.

For more information on the museum’s Ring in the Season weekend celebration, visit www.independencemuseum.org.



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