On Sunday, November 26, Field Day of the Past lit up the skies when its holiday lights went on in anticipation of its annual holiday Open House, “A Celebration of the Season.” Each year, Field Day of the Past volunteers deck the halls and many of the permanent structures on the grounds in glittering, glimmering holiday attire. Icicles drip from the Short Pump Garage and Short Pump Grocery, a huge star beams from the fire tower. The gold mining equipment, the sorghum building, the smoke house and other buildings twinkle and shine. Springfield Baptist Church stands in a soft glow and a lit tree hangs from one of the water towers.

“A Celebration of the Season” invites local residents to join in a family fun time celebrating the holidays. Inside the Educational Building, a huge tree awaits some helping hands to decorate it. The Field Day of the Past Post Office is open, inviting kids, young and old, to put their holiday wishes to paper, which are mailed off to the Jolly Ole Elf, St. Nick, himself. In past years, if his time allows, Santa will reply to all those who take the time to write.

A bonfire lights up the night, adding a sparkle to the surroundings, and youngsters are invited to partake in the S’more making which goes on as part of the celebration.

In addition to the Educational Building, the Short Pump Grocery is open to visitors, as is the Short Pump Garage, Springfield Baptist Church and the log cabin.

Over at the Canning Kitchen, soup is brewing on the stove and is available for sale along with some of the most delectable candies and cookies which epitomize the taste of the season. Inside the Educational Building, hot dogs, drinks—both hot and cold—and chips can also be purchased. Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Goochland High School Drama Club. So please support them!

We also have it on good word, that Santa will be putting in an appearance during the evening.

Join in the fun on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Field Day of the Past showgrounds, located at 1741 Ashland Road in Goochland. Take I-64, exit #173 (Rockville-Manakin), go approximately 1/8 of a mile and enter the grounds through the Wise Choice Convenience Center on the corner of Rts. 623 (Ashland Rd.) and 622 (Three Chopt Rd.).

Admission to the event is nonperishable food items or monetary donations to the Goochland Food Bank.

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