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Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Clip-clop, clip-clop, a horse-drawn wagon slowly rounds the corner and pulls up to a late 1800’s village in Ferndale. Bundled up passengers see the white fog of their breath as they cheerfully climb to the ground. Doors to each cabin in Pioneer Park open and holiday cheer spills into the December air. Inside, volunteers of the Ferndale Heritage Society host the 21th annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration as a gift to the public, Dec. 6 – 8, 2013.
“Each year entire families come out to share in this tradition,” explains event organizer Linda Harkleroad. “It’s truly a step back in time as we begin the holiday season.”
Pioneer Park’s 15 historic log cabins glow with tiny lights, beginning with the one-room Congregational Church built in 1876 where carolers sing and pews invite reflection. Children are anxious to find the one-room school house to write a personalize letter to Santa, then deliver it to the one-room post office for mailing to the North Pole. Old-fashioned printing is a treat at the 1878 Lopas House, while the 1873 Jenni House hosts square dancing, crafts and the delicious smells of traditional Christmas baking.
Shoppers of all ages find inexpensive trinkets for their loved ones at the Parker House cabin, which is now the general store and Pharmacy. The stately Shields House next door offers more warm treats and a special guest in a red suit (parents bring your cameras).
Holiday displays, craft-making, games and music continue at the Veteran’s Museum, Foster House, Granary and Larsen cabins. Quiet visits with draft horses in the Barr Barn and festive refreshments in the Tillicum House complete the experience, which may begin or end with horse-drawn wagon rides through the streets of Ferndale.
Olde Fashioned Christmas is open Fri., Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7 from 1 to 9 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. Pioneer Park is located at 2004 Cherry Street in Ferndale.