Please Note: Read the instructions carefully below...
1) This event is part of a series of events I will be holding in Riverside and The OC on the same day. The events are a la carte, meaning you don't need to attend the other events to attend this one unless you are carpooling.
2) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.
3) It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Riverside, so we will leave LA at a designated carpool spot around 9:30 AM. We will have a breakfast stop on the way to Riverside and arrive at the Heritage House around Noon.
4) If you carpool, then please give at least $20 to your designated driver to compensate for gas and car maintenance.
Experience the Spirit of a Traditional Victorian Christmas
Annual Victorian Christmas Open House
Sunday, December 9, 2012 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | Free
Heritage House | 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside
Step back in time and experience the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas one would have seen in the 1890s. This family-friendly celebration features Father Christmas; a unique range of musical entertainment which includes caroling, authoharps, dulcimers, bagpipes, and a barbershop quartet; home-baked sweets; and hot-mulled cider. Fresh-cut greens, handmade wreaths, and mistletoe will adorn the home and one can enjoy making holiday ornaments and decoupage a Christmas keepsake box. Heritage House is located at 8193 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. Free parking is available at the YWCA. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Heritage House, click here.
Event Parking: Due to limited parking at the Heritage House, please plan to park on the street or across the street at the YWCA. Please note that the YWCA's parking gate will be locked after 4:30 pm.
It is an era bygone but not forgotten from a gilded age in Riverside's history.
Owned by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, this 1891 Victorian showplace depicts life in turn-of-the century Riverside.
An elegant reminder of the affluent homes which once graced Magnolia Avenue, Heritage House began as a project of the Riverside Museum Associates, a volunteer support group of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
Restored and maintained in a manner reflective of its nineteenth-century construction, this grand house is now a meticulously researched example of historic tastes, values, and lifestyle.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bettner settled in Riverside in the late 1870s, within a decade of the young town's founding.
A Place - A Time . . .
According to an 1895 article in Harper’s Bazar magazine, young couples of moderate means could expect to spend between $5000 and $10,000 in the construction of a house, excluding the cost of a lot. Restoration and development have always reflected the interpretation of such statistics into a local household.
The Bradstreet Index, in 1895, recognized Riverside as enjoying the highest per capita income in the United States. Citizens were indeed prosperous, thanks largely to citrus horticulture, but they were not millionaires. Catharine Bettner's net worth in 1892, for instance, was $18,755 or more than $200,000 adjusted to today's values.