in the City; New York City; Circa 1900|
Mantel, Table below
Mantel, Coffee Table, Tree, Table
Claradell made over 300 tree ornaments to include needlepoint,
hardanger, ceramic, felt, jeweled, pictorial, etc. There are
lights on the tree.
tour was customized for that specific group.The nutcraker at the front door bore
a welcoming sign with the names of the individuals visiting in that group. Inside
within the various villages were placed customized sandwich boards acknowledging
the specific interests of the visitors. Examples: a young girl who played the
piano, a woman who gardened, a man who fished... The names have been changed to
protect the privacy of the specific visitor, but the sandwich boards created interest
for every group, because immediately the guests realized they were indeed a part
of this experience. We served refreshments to each group. After the tour, all
guests were given their customized sandwich boards and a summary of what they
had seen on all three floors of the house. The largest single tour consisted of
two chartered buses. Harry took one group and started on the lower level; Claradell
and the other group began on the upper level. They met on the middle or entry
level and exchanged groups. On the day of the chartered bus visit, we gave tickets
to each person. At the end of the tour, we drew tickets for gift wrapped door
prizes. The door prizes often included a "village" building. Some sandwich
boards shown below. I had to allocate at least three hours of computer design
work in preparation for each group. Reservations "by word of mouth"
began in July for display times from Thanksgiving through the middle of January.
We scheduled two tours of two hours each per night and three per day on Saturdays
and Sundays. It took about one-half hour to put up the new signs and light the
candles again for each incoming group. We totaled about 500 visiting per holiday
season, and we did this for twelve years. There was no charge. We had displays
in each and every room of the house. Some of the displays are still up in areas
not disrupting our normal traffic flow (but covered by black plastic to reduce
the accumulating of dust). It takes forever to dust these minute figures and buildings.
Dusting is done with an artist's soft brush. I usually take each piece outside,
one by one, to dust them. |
"Over The Rainbow"|
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