Holidays In The
returns to Wildwood Dec. 7-15
Holidays in the Manor House, a Toledo tradition for 38 years,
returns to Wildwood Preserve Metropark with an
extra day this year: Saturday, December 7, through Sunday,
December 15, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission
is free. That’s just nine days to enjoy the sparkling displays
created by the volunteers who decorate the 32-room mansion
differently each year.
This year, the Adam Room will be transformed into a 1960s office
Christmas Party reminiscent of the TV show ”Mad Men,” and Elvis
will make an appearance in the basement. Upstairs, Clara’s
bedroom from The Nutcracker comes to life courtesy of the
Toledo Ballet, which is featuring an image of the Manor
House in the Act 1 set design for this year’s 75th
annual production of the holiday classic.
Holidays in the Manor House will mark the reopening of the
Georgian Colonial style mansion, which has been closed for two
months during a renovation that included a new, slate roof and
97 refurbished windows. Visitors will notice some interior
improvements, too, including new carpet in some rooms.
Above the living room fireplace, observant visitors will notice
a “new” feature, which is actually an old feature that has just
returned to the house. “Miss Derby,” a painting attributed to
John Raphael Smith, of England, originally hung in the same spot
when Robert and Page Stranahan lived on the estate, then called
Stranleigh. The painting, which is documented in pictures, had
been sold by the time Metroparks purchased the property in 1975.
The Manor House was first decorated for the public to enjoy in
August, 1975, for a “decorators’ showcase.” The following year,
volunteers decorated the house at Christmas time, originally
calling the event Homespun Holidays, and the tradition has
continued every year since.
Each year, individuals, families and groups create fresh
displays, often using their personal collections to depict
holiday or winter scenes, and then invite the public into the
house for tours. Last year, just over 20,000 people attended the
Wildwood Preserve is located at 5100 W. Central Avenue. For the
comfort and safety of all guests, no food, drink, pets,
backpacks or strollers are permitted.
Holiday Café and Craft Show:
Volunteers In Parks will again host the Holiday Café and Craft
Show in the recently renovated Metroparks Hall, just a short
walk from the Manor House. The VIPs will sell refreshments and
rent tables to vendors to sell crafts. The money raised is used
to fund park improvements and programs.
Farmhouse Festivities: The charming Farmhouse on Central
Avenue at the east entrance to Wildwood Preserve will be the
venue for adult and children’s holiday decorating programs
during the week of Holidays in the Manor House. For a list of
activities through the week, see MetroparksToledo.com.