Out & About: Daughters of the American Revolution's Festival of Lights brightens holiday
It's all about tradition at the Samuel Warden Mansion in Mt. Pleasant, home of the Braddock Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
One of those traditions is the annual Festival of Lights, which opened Nov. 25 for a two-weekend run.
Several rooms on both first and second floors of the imposing three-story brick house are decorated with a charming array of Christmas trees and other seasonal adornments, courtesy of local individuals, organizations and businesses.
High ceilings, vintage wallpapers and rich woodwork complement the glittering display.
The chapter provides the trees and lights and participants provide the themed decorations. Visitors are able to purchase trees that catch their fancy, to be picked after the festival ends Dec. 3.
The Second Empire-style edifice was built by Samuel Warden in 1886 for his wife, Margaret, and their seven children. Its grandeur reflects the wealth that the 19th-century coal and coke industry brought to Mt. Pleasant.
It was purchased by the chapter in 1962, with many of the furnishings also purchased from the Warden estate.
Welcoming guests on the festival's opening day were chapter members Rosalind Ashmun and Becky Cole. Others circulating through the rooms included Beverly Hall and Lois Weyandt.
Seen: Deborah Davis, Jeannie Komovic, Janet Komovic, Edith Hudson, Kelly Leonard, Dylan Hudson, Paul and Rita Kramer, Bryce Kramer, Leigh Ann Smithberger, Terry andBarb Glover, Randy and Deb Woods and Shanna Eperjesi with daughter Paige and sonEdward.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, email@example.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.