"A Madeline Christmas"

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 4:30pm

You are cordially invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation again this holiday season! For the past 30 years the Historic Odessa Foundation has celebrated children’s literature by recreating vignettes from the classics in one of our 18th-century houses. Our visiting public have been treated to the wonderful literary works of Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Lewis Carroll…and that is just to name a few.   A MADELINE CHRISTMAS Celebrate the 2013 Christmas season by exploring the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Christmas exhibit, A Madeline Christmas adapted from the 1956 classic children’s story written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962).  Children and adults have enjoyed repeating the rhymes of the series of six Madeline picture books for generations.  This year HOF brings to life Madeline's Paris Boarding School in the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House. It’s the night before Christmas and most unfortunately eleven of the girls and their teacher Miss Clavel are sick in bed.  The brave Madeline takes great care of them with the help of a magical rug merchant whom she thinks could be Santa Claus! She purchases 12 rugs for each girl to magically fly home for Christmas returning in time for a New Year’s celebration. The adventure of Madeline and her friends will temporarily take up residence in “an old house covered in vines” located in historic Odessa. This holiday exhibit includes decorated rooms representing the kitchen stacked full of dirty dishes, the dining room set for twelve little girls, a glistening Christmas parlor, and a classic boarding school bedroom with two rows of six beds.  Please join Madeline and her friends this Christmas for an unforgettable journey that promises to awaken the holiday spirit in everyone.