MICHIGAN CITY | This holiday season Barker Mansion is creating scenes from popular children’s stories in “Children’s Classic Stories at Christmas."
“Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland," "Treasure Island” and “Little Women,” are among those stories shown at Barker Mansion this year. “Alice In Wonderland” is depicted in the Library, highlighted with a table set for a queen with her brilliant red crown. “Little Women,” in the Drawing Room has Jo and Beth around the grand piano given to them by their wealthy neighbor.
“Treasure Island” in the dining goom is outfitted with a pirate and his gold treasure chest filled with gold coins.
In the Butler’s Pantry, “A Baker’s Dozen” explains the origin of the phrase “baker’s dozen.” St Nicholas and many cookies are the center of attention here. In the large foyer the depiction of “Polar Express” has snow, ice draped doorways, Santa, a little boy and his bell from Santa, a conductor and train telling the story.
On the second floor, “Pollyanna” features the sparkling rainbow maker lamp and Glad Game that epitomize the perpetual optimism and cheerfulness of Pollyanna. “Wizard of Oz” has Dorothy and Toto and a surprise visit from the Wicked Witch of the East. The more recent “The Mitten”, a snowy woodland story, features creatures of the woods that help a little boy find his lost mitten. Cinderella and her Prince hold court in the mirrored purple and gold decorated the third floor Ballroom.
Open house touring begins Saturday and extends through Dec. 22. Open house hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Christmas by Candlelight” is 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13
The decorations may be seen during guided tours 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The mansion is closed Dec. 24 and 25, Jan. 1. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. School classes are welcome with reservations.
For more information, call (219) 873-1520. Barker Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is at 631 Washington St.