All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Review of the day (5 minutes). 11:05 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We will learn about the foods, tools, and techniques of colonial cooks focusing on a simple, delicious treat of the time. Our colonial foodways instructor will provide a list of ingredients ahead of time for those who wish to participate during the demonstration of the treat-making process with historical commentary.
12:05 p.m. Break (25 minutes). 12:30 p.m. Performance (60 minutes). We will then be honored with a visit from America's first First Lady, Martha Washington — in the person of a knowledgeable costumed interpreter— as she reminisces about Yuletides past. She will describe colonial Christmas traditions in town and on the plantation including some stories about her famous husband at home and on the field of battle. 1:15 p.m. We’ll end our observance of traditional Christmas celebrations together with an appropriate “wassail” toast of hot mulled cider or other beverage of our choice. 1:30 p.m. This concludes our program.