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For centuries, Christmas day marked the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Historically, the evening of the final day was called Twelfth Night and culminated with a final night of feasting.
This week as many of us return to work, members of the Old Riverside Foundation are busy with final preparations for their 23rd annual Twelfth Night Progressive Dinner where their guests visit vintage homes to share in a meal and holiday fun.
This year’s event will be hosted for two nights, Friday, January 4th and Saturday, January 5th, with two seatings per night and up to 92 guests per seating… Lindsay Abercrombie is a board member at the Old Riverside Foundation. She’s chair of this weekend’s 12th Night event.
I spoke with her about what to expect when signing up for an evening. She said everything kicks off at a Riverside landmark:
The event this year starts at the Mission Inn, which has its Festival of Lights on and is all decorated for everyone. And they’re asked to arrive at the Mission Inn where we will take their photos and they’ll receive those complimentary for the evening…
After the photo opp, guests will board horse drawn carriages which will transport them to one of two appetizer houses for hors d’oeuvres complete with holiday music, either with the Dickens Carolers or the Sweet Adelines. Then it’s off for another carriage ride to a designated dinner house for soup and entrees.
Next up, the dessert house, again by carriage, but this time to a single location where both groups of diners gather together.
Background music during dinner and dessert provided by cellist, classical guitarist and accordion player. Finally, a carriage ride back to the starting point, Riversides historic Mission Inn. But what should you wear to such an event? Once again, Lindsay Abercrombie:
Many of our guests come in period attire. If not then it’s semi-formal, but we have a lot of them that… turn of the century, uh Victorian, Edwardian type dress, including Wyatt Earp and saloon girls.
Interested in helping the Old Riverside Foundation raise money to continue their work AND carry on the progressive dinner tradition?
As of late last week the 8:00pm seating for Friday still had quite a bit of space available. Information on seating for the event and the foundation itself is on their website at OLDRIVERSIDE dot ORG. I’m Rick Dulock, 91.9 KVCR News