'A Winter's Fest Eve' at history center

Contributed photoLocal musicians “Another Thyme” perform at last year’s “A Winter’s Fest Eve” at the Niagara History Center in Lockport.

The Niagara History Center celebrates “A Winter’s Fest Eve” in Victorian style tonight in Lockport.

Celebrate the Christmas season at the History Center’s Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St. in Lockport. The house will be open for tours from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Take a step back in time and enjoy our fully furnished and restored historic house, refreshments and music, all in the 19th-century holiday spirit. 

The Bond-Hawley House is a National Register-listed, 12-room Federal home/museum. The house is the city of Lockport’s oldest brick home, and was built by Col. Bond and then owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley. Each room in the circa-1823 house will feature the exhibit “The Night before Christmas” based on the poem by Clement Clarke Moore. The Bond House Christmas exhibit is co-curated by Becky and Gloria Pittler. Their creative ideas re-imagine our house into a Victorian style celebration for the holiday season.

Enjoy homemade cookies, hot mulled cider, children’s activities and tours. Local musicians “Another Thyme” will entertain with holiday music throughout the evening. “A Winter’s Fest Eve” is the perfect event for families with children age 6 and up, it’s a merry Christmas to all, so bring everyone!

Reservations are not needed — just drop by tonight. You can also visit from 2 - 4:30 p.m. this Sunday and Dec. 16. Donations are accepted. We can offer tours for groups of eight or more by reservation. Please call 434-7433.