The public is invited to The W.H. Stark House’s Holiday Open House to take place on two evenings – Saturday, Dec. 15, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This event is free to the public and children of all ages, accompanied by an adult are welcome. Entrance for the Holiday Open House is through The W.H. Stark Carriage House at 610 West Main Avenue. Non-perishable food items are being accepted as donations to local charities.

Join us for two evenings of live music and complimentary first-floor tours of holiday decorations, along with cookies and punch reception served in the adjacent Carriage House, which serves as the entrance for this event. Seasonal décor on the first-floor will include one-of-a-kind, handmade ornaments on a Christmas tree in the Foyer and seasonal boughs and berries on all first-floor mantels and throughout the rooms. See a beautiful Christmas dinner table-setting using the Stark family china, crystal and silver in the Dining Room during the complimentary first-floor tours.

In the Music Room, holiday selections will be played throughout both nights. Ellen Rienstra will play on an original violin that belonged to Henry Jacob (H.J.) Lutcher Stark during his childhood. She will be accompanied by Ed Wilson on the 1910 Steinway Grand Piano and Jennifer Howland on flute.

“The W.H. Stark House invites everyone to enjoy the holiday season with a visit to the Holiday Open House which will be held on two different occasions this year. This season marks the return of the newly conserved Dining Room chairs to the Dining Room, where visitors will enjoy seeing the dinner table setting recreated for a Stark Family Christmas.

This event is our tenth year of hosting the Holiday Open House, which has become a tradition in the Orange community. It is a wonderful time to visit with family and friends and to enjoy the holiday season,” says Patsy Herrington, Director of The W.H. Stark House.

In coordination with the Holiday Open House, Stark Museum of Art will host their annual Holiday Exhibit Celebration on December 15 and 18, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Located at 610 Main Avenue in Orange, The W.H. Stark House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 883-0871, or visit