From local reports
PARKERSBURG -The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will hold a Holiday Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets.
Admission is free to the open house.
It is a Blennerhassett-themed event and Christmas trees have been decorated to represent the countries Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett were associated with. Those countries include Ireland, Scotland, England, Colonial America, Canada and a special Victorian-era tree.
The open house will also feature entertainment by local musician Scott Cain, who will be performing traditional music on the hammer dulcimer, a performance of 18th Century dances presented by the Blennerhassett Dancers and a special "History Alive" performance of Mrs. Blennerhassett portrayed by Debra Conner.
The performance schedule is: 1 p.m., Scott Cain; 1:30 p.m., Blennerhassett Dancers; and 2 p.m., Margaret Blennerhassett.
The Victorian Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley will provide Victorian refreshments and the Friends of Blennerhassett will prepare foods that relate to each of the countries.
Father Christmas, dressed in Victorian fashions, will be at the museum for children to meet. In previous years, the annual tree exhibit featured a wide range of Christmas trees decorated in the style and themes of many countries of origin of the people who have settled in America. Organizers decided this year to focus on a smaller number of trees, those with bearing on the Blennerhassetts' history.
The trees will remain on exhibit in the museum through December. The museum also features a video about the Blennerhassetts and the history of the island.?Exhibits relating to Parkersburg and the Ohio Valley are on display from early ancient to 20th century relics. The museum is open year-round.
For information, call the museum at 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.