Celebrate Christmas in style at Hay House event

December 13, 2013 

The Hay House will hold its Christmas Gala on Wednesday night and will celebrate the three families who lived in the house.

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See the historic Hay House in a whole new light during the Christmas Gala on Wednesday night.

“It is the only event we have open in the evenings, which of course, showcases the Hay House in an entirely different way than you can see during the day,” said David Quackenbush, rental and events manager at the Hay House.

The gala also will feature a performance by Theatre Macon.

“They will be doing some songs and things from ‘The Sound of Music,’ which is one of their productions. Before and after the performance, we will have drinks and heavy appetizers and some desserts provided by Moonhanger Catering. It will have an open bar, included in the price of the tickets, and should be a fantastic evening all the way around,” he said.

The event, in its second year, is a way to draw in the community to the Hay House, which is decorated for Christmas. This year’s theme is “A Century of Christmas at Hay House: Victorian to Mid-Modern.”

“This will celebrate the three families who lived here: the Johnstons, the Feltons and the Hays. Since the house has been restored in the three different periods, the decorations will reflect that. Guests can see unlit Victorian trees, to World War I trees with giant decorative light bulbs, and the tree that was the Hay family’s tree, which was aluminum and came with a light that shone upon it and changed colors,” Quackenbush said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to see how Christmas has changed over the years and to take a peek back and see how your grandparents and great grandparents decorated and celebrated Christmas.”

Originally built from 1855 to 1859 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the Hay House is an 18,000-square-foot mansion that spans four levels and is crowned by a cupola. All of it is decorated for Christmas.

“This is an event that we do as service to the community. It’s a gift we want to give, from the Hay House to yours,” he said. “We want to provide a different experience than you can get anywhere else in the Middle Georgia area and give families the chance to do something fun and festive together.”

Quackenbush said he’s expecting 100-150 guests at the gala, and reservations are encouraged.

“Last year, everyone who attended really enjoyed the experience. It is such fun to see the house at night, especially with the Theatre Macon performances. ... This is an event that is wonderful for anyone who likes food, Christmas, singing or just something a bit out of the ordinary,” he said. “From the restored dining room of the Johnston era, to the living room of the Hay era, to the continuing refurbishment of the replicated green parlor, you will see the range of decorations, reflecting holiday celebrations from 1860 to 1962.”

Christmas Gala

When: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 18

Where: Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave.

Cost: $20 for singles; $30 per couple

Information: 478-742-8155; www.georgiatrust.org/news/events/hayhouse

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