Mumford, N.Y. - Visit Genesee Country Village & Museum on Saturday, July 26, for Christmas in July, an idea-inspiring day as our villagers begin to "secretly" hand-craft dolls, toys and games for the children; make warm and practical gifts for the poor and less fortunate; candy fruits for fruitcakes and sugarplums; stir up jellies and preserves for holiday meals; practice their Christmas music; and create holiday decorations for both home and church.

For Victorians, these preparations for Christmas began many months in advance and also often included making holly berries from sealing wax and dried peas. Visitors can join in and try their hand at making a seasonal sweet bag or other Christmas items.

Then at 4:30pm, help celebrate the season with a special Genesee Harmonic Society performance of "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols." No museum admission fee is required for the performance.

This service celebrates the Christmas story and prophecies through scripture readings interspersed with hymns and carols. It has been observed on Christmas Eve at King's College, Cambridge, England, since 1918, and more recently has become featured in American churches at Christmastime.

The lessons will be read by museum volunteers and staff, as well as members of the surrounding communities. The music will include special arrangements of traditional Christmas pieces, as well as uniquely American works of the season.

The Genesee Harmonic Society is a group of mainly museum volunteers and staff, who, since 1991, perform late 18th- through early 20th-century American choral music. For the past six years they have been under the direction of Gian Carlo Cervone. Kathy Griswold accompanies at the piano and Jeremy Rath at the organ.

Admission is $17.50 adults; $14.50 seniors & students with ID; $11.40 youth 4-16; and free to children 3 and under and active military with ID.

For further information, visit or call (585) 538-6822.

GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.



Judy Markham
(585) 538-6822