Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A Winter Wonderland Display
This is the old 1846 Courthouse in Portsmouth, Virginia.
It now houses the Coleman's Nursery Collection of Winter Wonderland .
We used to take our kids to this display every year at the old nursery.
We did hot chocolate, bought each an ornie and then went to the Hickory Farms booth for a beef stick.
Such sweet memories as the kids always got a pic made with Santa.
In 1982 there was a horrific fire at Coleman's. Set by a vandal!
Money was raised to save what was possible from the Winter Wonderland display .
When the owners finally retired and closed, the Portsmouth Museum's Foundation purchased all the figures.
The charming scenes are now on display every year in the old Courthouse, so the tradition can continue for Portsmouth.
When the grands were here we went to see it.
I will share our visit in several posts.
Here is Amelia lost in this wonderful winter scene.
Benji all excited over the moving snowmen!
He also wanted some of the coins from the wishing well! Ha!Ha! NO!!!
Yes here we have penguins!!
Pat's favorite !!
So I had to be sure to take these pics and post Pat!!!
Some moved too!
Just looks so chilly to me.. ha ha!!
Was a real treat for me to see them again but sort of bittersweet too.
Here I was with K and her kids carrying on a tradition.
A very nice thing to do with your wee ones during the holidays.
I am betting there are some cool things around your area to do as a family as well.
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