The Middletown Heritage Society will give locals a chance to learn about their town’s history and spread some holiday cheer during the Merriment in Middletown event on Sunday.

The event will feature tours and activities for the whole family. Middletown Heritage Society President Tess Klimm said that the event is a good way for people to learn about the history of Middletown.

“It’s a really good event for the community,” Klimm said.

Starting at noon, several homes and landmarks will host various activities for locals to take part in. The Hoffman House will feature carols played on an antique organ and angel cookies that can be decorated. The Wayside Inn will have a visit from Santa Claus along with a storyteller and wreaths for sale.

Aunt Caroline’s log cabin and Belle Grove Plantation will host tours, while St. Thomas Chapel will host musical group HeartStrings from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the new things added to Merriment in Middletown this year is the living nativity that will be hosted by the Mount Olive Baptist Church. The nativity scene will feature actors, as well as living animals like sheep and camels.

The Wayside Inn will host “A Colonial Christmas” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will include a buffet, caroling, games and an opportunity to learn about Christmas in early America.

Admission for the activities from noon to 4 p.m. is free, while the activities at the Wayside Inn from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will have an admission cost of $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Klimm said that the current plan is to go forward with the event, despite the possibility of winter weather over the weekend.

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