Sunday, December 6, 2020
The T.C. Steele State Historic Site hosted the annual Steele’s Country Christmas event on December 6, 2020. In an effort to offer safe and enjoyable holiday programming, two different options were available for visitors this year. In keeping with State of Indiana mask mandates, all staff, volunteers, and visitors wore masks throughout the day, and program numbers were limited to 25, with advance tickets required.
The morning program, held in the Singing Winds Visitor Center, focused on structured, contact-free activities oriented toward family groups with children. Activities included building a gingerbread house, an outdoor Feathered Friends talk, and included a bird feeder building activity.
The afternoon program, held in the Large Studio and Visitor Center, was the mostly traditional event, where participants could decorate ornaments and cards at the craft table, enjoy live instrumental holiday music from Joyce Jordan-Peek, visit the story corner with Mrs. Claus, and take a picture and visit with a socially distant St. Nick and Belsnickel.
Special thanks to Rex Watters (St. Nick), site Interpreter Gwen Dieter (Mrs. Claus), and former Interpreter Laura McCracken (Belsnickel) who have volunteered their time and roles each year!