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Fourth annual 'Sparkling Evening at the Reddick Mansion'

Steve Meyer of Ottawa and Debbie Hintz of Peru “play around” the beautifully decorated trees at the Reddick Mansion.
Steve Meyer of Ottawa and Debbie Hintz of Peru “play around” the beautifully decorated trees at the Reddick Mansion.

OTTAWA — The Reddick Mansion Association (RMA) invites the public to its fourth annual holiday preview party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, featuring a special musical performance of Christmas carols by the Men’s Catholic Community Choir.

“I have heard the men’s choir sing in church and am very excited that they will be performing at the Mansion,” said Donna Nordstrom, Reddick Mansion Association board member. “This choir is amazing — they have such depth, beauty and strength in their voices. We appreciate these gentlemen sharing their talent and time with the Mansion.”

In addition to the Christmas music, the Mansion will be completely adorned in all her holiday splendor. Steve Meyer, RMA board member, assisted by Roger Hooper and Mary Baker, members of the RMA, will oversee and coordinate the decorating of the more than 20 rooms in the Mansion. By that Friday evening and after more than 200 volunteer hours, all the trees, garlands, candles, ornaments, centerpieces and lights will be in place.

Along with enjoying the lovely decorations in a relaxed atmosphere and chatting with costumed docents throughout the building, people will also be able to visit and take photos with Father Christmas (as portrayed by Roger Hooper).

Refreshments will reflect the “Sparkling Evening” theme and will feature champagne and chocolate. Visitors to the Mansion are invited to enjoy these treats while shopping the unique ornaments and gift shop items for sale on the lower level of the Mansion. Just in time for this event, several new items including coffee mugs and Christmas ornaments with the Mansion’s image will be available for sale.

A donation of $10 per person is requested.

The Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is open to the public for tours. The Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette Street, Ottawa, also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

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