Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum

Plant Museum Grand HallExperience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2012, 10 am to 8 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories.  While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, beveled crystals and prisms, masquerade masks, chess pieces, origami, men’s hats from the “Grand Tour”, and antique toys will grace this year’s Christmas trees.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 3, 4,10, and 11 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

The Christmas Stroll could not be possible without the generous support of: The Beck Group, Macy’s, Jacarlene Foundations, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark.

Preservation Roundtable – September 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, September 12th (a week later than our normal schedule due to the Labor Day holiday). As Union Station is closed to meetings during a construction project, we will meet in the conference room of the TPI Office bldg (Ybor City Museum Society complex) at 2009 N. 18th Street (N. Angel Oliva Sr.) in Ybor City. We will meet at 9:00 AM as usual.

Preservation Roundtable – May 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday May 2nd at 9:00 AM. For THIS MONTH ONLY we will be meeting at the Life Center of the Metro 510 project (the historic St. Paul AME Church) at 502 E. Harrison Street. All Tampa area residents interested in the preservation of the Tampa Bay area’s built resources are welcome to attend. For more information contact TPI.

Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Committee Forming

In December 2011, the County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted the “Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program” to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County (both incorporated and unincorporated areas). Available grant funds will be awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of 1:1 matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than of $250,000 per applicant, per project in any county budget year. For more info on the grant see Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.

Hillsborough County Commissioners are now seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions, and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board, but may only serve on one board at a time.

The deadline for applying is February 9, 2012. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April, 2012.

An application is available in the Commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at 813-272-5826; or on the County’s website at: www.hillsboroughcounty.org. Click on the “County Commission” link on the left-hand side of the page, then the “Advisory Boards and Committees” sublink. The “Application Questionnaire For County Appointments” is in the middle of the page. The form can be filled out, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered or mailed.

If you apply to a Board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form, which also is available on the website. Forms must be signed and dated. Additional directions for submission are listed on the form.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM, GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE–newly created committee that will review grant applications submitted in response to two annual grant application periods for the County’s Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.  Committee will rank and prioritize the applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

There are nine positions.  Terms are for two years.  No member shall serve more than two successive terms.  At least three members must be residents of the cities of Temple Terrace, Tampa and Plant City, with the reminder of the members residing in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation; architecture; heritage tourism, destination marketing; marketing and economic development; landscape architecture; and interior design.  Meeting schedule: To be determined.

For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.

Henry B. Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll

Plant Museum ChristmasThere is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments that hold memories, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in the season of joy. Experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 30th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2011, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, this year’s Christmas trees will be graced by whimsical tea cups, beloved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, etiquette driven language of fans, blinding white 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, aromatic cigars, twinkling bells, and antique toys.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

Don’t miss Bells of Christmas on Saturday, December 11th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall (adjacent to the Museum). Enjoy an afternoon of hand bell music performed by Clearwater Christian Bell Choir from Clearwater Christian College, Fanfare Ringers from First United Methodist Church of Lutz and St. Andrew’s Ringers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tampa. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 5, 6,12, and 13 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

Here is a link to a short video on the Victorian Christmas Stroll… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0_SJb21sxo

High-resolution photos are available to the media.

Underwriters of the Victorian Christmas Stroll are The Beck Group, Jacarlene Foundation, The Mosaic Company, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation Tampa Downtown Partnership, The Tampa Tribune/ News Channel 8, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and Walkers Shortbread.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark, an opulent 1891 railroad destination resort, and the artifacts significant to its history and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant.  Through educational exhibits and events, the museum transports visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the late Victorian period, the beginnings of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.