Home for the holidays

The Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany gets dressed in its holiday best for a full slate of events.

The Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany gets dressed in its holiday best for a full slate of events. Submitted photo

— Burch said for the most part, all of the furnishings in the mansion are antiques from the Greek Revival period.

“We have interpreted it to a slightly later period than it was built. It reflects an 1845 feel,” she said. “It was originally a Federal style house. The Olcutts added Greek Revival.”

The society hosts a slew of events inside the historical home throughout the year from weddings to live concerts.

“We have tours, lecture series’, concerts, exhibits, special events and really beautiful gardens that are spectacular in the spring and summer,” she said.

In December, the society gives visitors a chance to step back in time and enjoy the holidays inside the mansion. Local florists and designers come decorate the interior with festive holiday decor.

“Every year the decorations are always different. Everyone is so ingenious. This year, they are excited with the theme ‘Once Upon a Time.’ They are coming up with fairy tales and stories,” Burch said.

The festivities go on all month and include a holiday shop, a holiday tea, musical events, a children’s story hour and more. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the mansion is open to give visitors an opportunity to explore.

“We will have music, a cookie walk, crafts for children and Sinterklaas will be on hand to greet the visitors and pose for pictures,” Burch said.

The holiday shop will also be open during the open house where visitors can find handcrafted jewelry, holiday decorations and framed prints among the items available.

Burch said one of their most popular events during the holidays is the holiday tea.

“You come in and there is a selection of baked goods and refreshments. Tea is served, you sit down at the tables and enjoy the atmosphere or walk around,” she said. “There are not that many 18th century mansions where you can sit down and enjoy a meal.”

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