Picked Up From The Laurel Star;
Old Christ Church, Historical Society present 'Old Fashioned Christmas'
By Mary Ann Torkelson
On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Old Christ Church League, St. Philip's Episcopal Church and the Laurel Historical Society will be hosting an afternoon concert of Christmas music and readings at Old Christ Church, Laurel, with an open house before and after at the Historical Society's Cook House Headquarters. The Open House at Cook House will be from one o'clock until six o'clock and the musical concert presented by the Southern Delaware Choral Society will begin at Old Christ Church, Chipman's Pond Road, at three o'clock. This musical concert at Old Christ Church, built in 1771, will mark the third year that a service has been held during the Christmas Season. Music and history lovers alike will experience the singing of the Southern Delaware Choral Society in the original manner of their ancestors, bundled up against the cold with only the twinkle of candles set in greenery to light the way for faithful worshiper. This year, the Choral Society promises to provide an opportunity for the audience to sing along with their beautiful voices. Those who have attended Old Christ Church know that the acoustics in this treasure of a building are absolutely beautiful. Before or after the concert, visitors are invited to warm up at the Cook House, home to the Laurel Historical Society, with warm cider and light refreshments. Located at 501 W. Fourth Street, the Cook House was built around the time of the Civil War. The society headquarters was, for many years, the home place of the Laurel branch of the Hearne family. Visitors to the Cook House are welcome to tour the home that includes among other treasures a Ralph Corner Cupboard that is native to Laurel and a collection of Waller photographs. Both events, being offered free to the public as a Christmas gift to participants, are intended to broaden public awareness of the uniqueness of these buildings and to celebrate the joys of the season. However, free will donations for the reservation and maintenance of these treasures are encouraged and will be gratefully accepted at each location. For more information about the Old Christ Church League, call St. Philip's office at 302-875-3644. For more information about the Laurel Historical Society call 302-875-2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org