Events, Fundraiser

Christmas at the Belvidere 2011

Some of the vintage-inspired decor in the foyer

Visitors from Tulsa and surrounding cities and states come to the Belvidere for this event which has become a tradition for many families with children, and with friends who like to meet for lunch in the Tea Room and then browse the gift shop. Everything will be on sale now through December 24th. This is the Belvidere’s biggest and most important fundraiser. Profits from Christmas sales are used all year long to meet expenses, pay taxes and insurance, and make repairs. During Dickens Days November 18-19th, we will be open late until 8pm. Horse drawn carriage rides from downtown Claremore will drop off passengers at the Belvidere to tour and shop. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Breakfast With Santa

On Saturday November 18th the Belvidere will host Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 am. Kids and parents can come up to the ballroom and get their pictures with Santa, and have pancakes, muffins, orange juice, biscuits and gravy, and more.  Reservations for this event are required (918) 342-1127.

Santa learns of Julian's Christmas wishes

Made in Claremore!

This year we are proud to offer a variety of handmade wooden toys (just like Santa would bring!) such as quilt racks, trains, puzzles, cars, and trucks. These are all crafted right here in Rogers County by Roger Anthony, and other members of the non-profit Rogers County Woodworkers (RCW.) Each year the craftsmen make a number of toys and other items to donate to charitable causes such as the Toys for Tots program, and the Muskogee School for the Blind. We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase these toys in the gift shop.

The decor for 2011 features retro-looking and vintage products from K.D. Vintage. With German glitter houses, mercury glass, bottle brush trees, and old fashioned glass ornaments the front foyer is bright with reflected light.  The mantel has unique lighted houses unavailable from other area merchants. Inside the gift shop we have a variety of whimsical trees as well as traditional, country, and primitive decor.

The large wooden ornaments on the right of the photo above are each hand-painted with a country winter scene

The Tea Room will be open regular hours (11-2) Tuesday through Saturday. It is a good idea to make reservations if you plan on bringing a group of 5 or more, as the restaurant is busy this time of year.

Look for teapots, teasets an flavored teas

 

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About Morgan Anderssen Williams

Morgan is a volunteer with the Rogers County Historical Society. She serves as Vice President of membership and editor and author of the newsletter, both the print and the e-version. Morgan is also on the Ways and Means committee, and is Chair of the Christmas at the Belvidere, RCHS largest fundraiser. Morgan also is the buyer for the Mansion's gift shop. She creates most all of the photos and ink drawings used to promote the Belvidere Mansion and RCHS fundraisers.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Christmas at the Belvidere 2011

  1. Morgan,
    Last month I was in Branson, and of course, went shopping. There is a new shop called, Dressin Gawdy. It is not in a desirable area, in a strip shopping area that is half deserted, but the shop was filled with women BUYING. I think you have some very desirable merchandise and thought you might want to check out this place for the new items you will be adding to the Belvidere. You are doing a great job!

    Posted by Barbra Pool | November 8, 2011, 6:57 pm
    • I don’t think I have ever been in Branson and (no matter what I thought of the shop and its contents) NOT seen people buying! Seriously, people go there just to shop, and spend a ton of money. Notably, out of state visitors to the Belvidere usually spend too. I think it truly takes an experienced shopper to realize how good our prices really are. If you like a certain brand (of clothing, for instance) at another shop, make a note of it and I will do my best to get information on retailing the product. This is a grat way to discover new products to sell.

      Posted by Morgan Anderssen Williams | November 9, 2011, 12:23 pm
  2. Morgan,

    An out-of-state couple touring the house today commented that the Belvidere is the most beautifully restored and decorated historical home they have ever visited. The many volunteers have much to be proud of!

    Posted by Sarah Allen | November 20, 2011, 6:00 am

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