The Farmers' Museum's 28th annual Candlelight Evening will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The museum will be decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles and lamplight. Visitors can ride through the museum in wagons pulled by draft horses with full sets of harness bells. Complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over campfires, will be served.
There will be caroling around the Tavern Green bonfire, the wassail kettles and in the More House. Saint Nicholas, dressed in 1840s attire, will tell stories at the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse and will stroll the grounds of the museum to greet visitors. Members of the Congregation of the Christ Episcopal Church will present a living Nativity at 5, 5:20, 5:40 and 6 p.m. at the Morey Barn.
Seasonal musical programs will take place at the Cornwallville Church including performances by the Catskill Chamber Singers and the Catskill Choral Society Girls' Choir throughout the evening. Also in the Cornwallville Church, Robert Olson will tell stories by Charles Dickens at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.
The Cooperstown Central School band will perform on the balcony of Bump Tavern. Leatherstocking Brass will perform at the south end of the Main Barn.
At Filer's Corners Schoolhouse, children can take part in arts and crafts activities from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Todd's General Store and The Farmers' Museum Shop will be open. Many of the buildings in the 19th-century village and farmstead will be staffed by interpreters. The More House, a Federal-style house built in 1818 outside the village of Roxbury, will be decorated, in addition to Bump Tavern and Lippitt Farmhouse.
Warm food and baked goods will be available for sale in the heated Louis C. Jones Center in the museum's Main Barn. Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly, wear boots and bring flashlights. Visitors may bring donations of nonperishable food items to place in containers at the museum's entrances. These donations will be distributed by local food banks to assist area families.
Visitors to the museum may use the free shuttle service, with stops at The Otesaga Hotel on Route 80; the Elementary School parking lot; the Red Trolley Lot located off state Route 28, Glen Ave.; the Yellow Trolley Lot, on Lake Road, state Route 80, above the Fenimore Art Museum; Doubleday Parking Lot; and a point near the entrance to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Parking at the museum is limited.
Admission is $11 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and younger, as well as New York State Historical Association, will be admitted free. As a promotion during Candlelight Evening, visitors will be able to sign up for memberships in the New York State Historical Association at a reduced rate.
The Fenimore Art Museum will be open during Candlelight Evening, featuring holiday decorations provided by Cooperstown's Lake and Valley Garden Club, as well as a display of decorated dollhouses.
The Farmers' Museum is located on 5775 State Highway 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. For museum hours or general information, call (888) 547-1450 or visit