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December 12, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
“With the miraculous habitude children acquire, it seemed that he had known Christmas forever.” Look Homeward, Angel
Join us this holiday season for Thomas Wolfe’s Gimcrack Day. Children of all ages will have the occasion to make a holiday ornament, see Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood home, and learn about old holiday customs. Thomas Wolfe wrote of his childhood; “He was liberally dowered with bright-painted gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart he hated those who advocated ‘useful’ gifts.” A Gimcrack, pronounced “jimˌkrak,” is a cheap and showy ornament; a knickknack. Children will be admitted to the house tour free, participate in bonus hands-on activities, enjoy a hot drink in the visitor center, and make a shiny gimcrack.