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An English Country Christmas
Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo
November 30-December 5, 2021
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When winter beckons and Christmas is just around the corner, what could be better than spending time in England, the country that almost invented Christmas?! And no place is more redolent of the Yuletide season than Shropshire, where gingerbread was invented!
We’ll be staying at Weston Park, one of England’s grandest country houses, where we will be the only occupants. There will be crackling log fires in the library, invigorating warm beverages, holiday stories, art that tells the Christmas story in the brush strokes of the Old Masters, laughter amid crisp, cold walks in the ancient deer park, and Christmas gifts for everyone!
This seasonal tour will feature visits to ancient English homes, scenes and settings that inspired Charles Dickens, and even a church where young passengers on the Mayflower worshipped before their voyage four hundred years ago. There will also be the chance to sample seasonal fare and local specialties, including gingerbread, a Christmas wine tasting at a 200-year-old wine merchant, a visit from carolers, a Christmas fair, and more!
Curt DiCamillo, Curator of Special Collections, internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, joined NEHGS in February 2016 as our first Curator of Special Collections. A longtime member of NEHGS, Curt has led highly successful heritage tours for us to England and Scotland, lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curt was previously Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, where he successfully raised more than $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Curt provides strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting our extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts.
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