'Christmas in Gaylordsville'

A reception at the historic restored Brown's Forge Road hotel resembled Santa's workshop, with decorations including a collection of Byers carolers, Dickens villages, nutcrackers, music boxes, snow globes and Christmas trees.

Several Gaylordsville organizations joined forces the weekend of Dec. 7-9 to host the community's seventh annual holiday celebration. Festivities included the United Methodist Church's holiday bazaar, an open house at the Little Red Schoolhouse (operated by the Gaylordsville Historical Society), a ham dinner at the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department, caroling and the lighting of the community's Christmas tree, tours and shopping opportunities at the Merwinsville Hotel and viewing of a Neapolitan life-sized cr�che, created by Gaylordsville residents Charles and Dayle Elsesser at their Gaylord Road home. The cr�che will be lit until 11 p.m. every night except Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve, when it will be lit until 1 a.m.

The Merwinsville Hotel, located along the Housatonic Railroad in Gaylordsville, was a meal and rest stop in the late 1800s. The hotel also has a gift shop with a wide selection of holiday items, arts and crafts and photographs.

Proceeds benefited hotel restoration and preservation efforts. For more information on the Merwinsville Hotel, visit www.merwinsvillehotel.org.

From staff reports