Decking the Halls at Olmsted Manor



Volunteers from several Kane District churches are pitching in to deck the halls (and rooms) of Olmsted Manor for the Christmas season. They'll be ready to welcome the public at Open Houses scheduled for Dec. 1 and 8. 

Grace Lenox is coordinating the effort. She has worked with Olmsted staff on decorating the Manor House since her husband, the Rev J. Patrick Lenox, became Kane District Superintendent in 2014. This year, she invited some district churches to get involved in the effort. 

"They seem to be very excited about it," said Carol Hammer, who moved to the area in July when her husband began serving as Olmsted's executive director and also is helping with the decorating. 

The churches and areas of the Manor House they're decorating are:

  • East Kane UMC - the Living and Dining rooms
  • Barnes/Sheffield UMCs - the Master Suite
  • Warren: Grace UMC = the East guest room
  • Kane First UMC - kitchen area
  • Moriah Lutheran Church, which is adjacent to Olmsted property -- the entry hall and staircase. 
Grace Lenox and Carol Hammer are decorating the West guest room and "Robert's Room." 

The volunteers met in mid-October to tour the Manor House, share dinner and select the areas they would be responsible for. Some are creating or using their own decorations, while others are using Olmsted's.

The public is invited to see the decorations, enjoy homemade cookies and punch and musical entertainment during Open Houses scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 8. The free events are open to the whole family. Come anytime from 3-8 pm to celebrate the Christmas season and enjoy the gorgeous decorations. This celebration will include live music and refreshments and lots of conversation hosted in both the historic manor house and Groves Lodge retreat center. 

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