Historic mansion displays storybook Christmas trees

December 14, 2013 by  

The Bartow-Pell Mansion located in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, just south of New Rochelle, is holding its annual Storybook Christmas Tree exhibit over the next few weeks. Most likely, the Mansion has been using a variety of printing services to let those in New York City and Westchester County become aware of this and other special events of the holiday season.

The trees on display feature decorations inspired by contemporary children’s books of the holiday season, with many of the designers of the trees coming from New York City and Westchester. Some of the books and the tree designers include ‘The Smallest Gift of Christmas’, written by Peter H. Reynolds with Lydia Clark and Sharon Knight from the Bronx Council on the Arts designing the associated tree; ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ by Robert Sabuda with the tree designed by Joe Burck, and ‘Olive the Other Reindeer’ by Vivian Walsh with the tree designed by Joan Morgan and Nancy Davis of The JFM Group from Pelham.

Today, there will be two additional events at the Museum. In the afternoon, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and Singers will be presenting a special holiday concert, and there will holiday candlelight tours with those from the era starting at 6:00 pm, highlighting holiday traditions of the 19th Century. Victorian carolers will be signing throughout the mansion and the Orangerie will be serving wassail and cookies.

The Holiday Shop will also be open throughout the month with gifts supplied the Kensington Paper in Bronxville. The tree display, meanwhile, can be seen up until January 5th