Brick Store celebrates Christmas

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Culture

Brick Store celebrates Christmas

KENNEBUNK – The Brick Store Museum will hold its annual Holiday Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11.

This year’s tea will be held at the Bourne Mansion, which will be 200 years old next year. The beautifully restored Federal-style home is owned by Colleen and John-Paul Haley-Read and Marjorie and Robert Haley. Named for Judge Edward Emerson Bourne, it was owned by members of the Bourne family until 1965.

The house features entryways on three of its four sides as well as a central spiral staircase rising three full floors. Guests will see the original light fixtures for that staircase on the first and second floors, an arch embellished niche in the staircase for a tall case clock, paneled splayed windows, a preserved panel of the original wallpaper used in the home, and much more.

Kitchen Chicks Catering will serve hot tea, along with assorted tea sandwiches and sweet treats. Guides will discuss the serving of tea, etiquette customs, and the history of the home. 

Reservations are required by this Saturday, Dec. 3. To register, call the museum at (207) 985-4802 or download the registration form from The cost is $20 per adult ($15 for museum members), $7.50 per child 14 and under. Children under 4 are admitted free. Participants receive a confirmation card and directions to the home upon registration.

The Brick Store Museum is also offering a new Christmas tree ornament for sale this year.  Last year the museum began its Heritage Ornament Series, which each year will offer a new ornament depicting a regional theme. This year's ornament celebrates Kennebunk's shipbuilding history.

The ornament depicts four aspects of the shipbuilding era: the Mount Washington, a vessel built by Asa Durell at Kennebunk Landing in 1847; a figurehead of the Ocean King, the largest sailing vessel in the country when it was built by Nathaniel Lord Thompson in 1874; the Clark Shipyard, where many coastal schooners were built; and a scene showing the launching of the brig Swiss Boy at Kennebunk Landing in 1837.

The ornament is made of solid brass and finished in 24-karat gold. It is on sale for $21.95 through the museum's gift shop. All proceeds from the sale benefit the museum's public programs and exhibitions.

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