The Warkentin House Board of Directors is grateful to all the businesses, friends and members of the museum who helped make the “Victorian Christmas Dinner” at the Warkentin House on Nov. 8 a big success.

Guests included friends and members of the Warkentin House, who visited, toured the decorated house, while enjoying music by harpist Judy Mace. A Christmas centerpiece, courtesy of Ruzens, decorated the dining room table. Two large poinsettia plants, courtesy of Stone Creek Nursery, added to the festive decorations. Each woman was presented with a rose compliments of Designs by John.

The Victorian-themed dinner was catered by Bernard’s Restaurant & Catering in Hutchinson. There also was Christmas punch and other stations of food.

The Warkentin House board is grateful to Judy Mace for providing the gift of her harp music for the Victorian dinner. On the foundation of a piano performance degree and experience, Judy took up harp as an adult, studying with instructors from various universities, including Wichita State University. Before moving to Kansas, she studied with Christa Grix, harpist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Numerous door prizes were provided for guests by Prairie Harvest, Wal-Mart Super Center, Katherine’s, Ten Thousand Villages, Graber’s Ace Hardware, Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, The Bread Basket, Pages Books & Coffee.

Thank you, merchants, for your generosity. The lovely invitations and program were designed by Erin McDaniel.

The board offers a thank you to the banks in Newton that underwrote expenses, including Bank of America, Central National Bank, Citizen’s State Bank, First Bank of Newton and Midland National Bank, to make it a successful fund-raising event for the Warkentin House.

Finally, thanks to organizations and individuals who decorated the house for the Christmas season, including Kern Nicodemus and Warkentin House staff, Eldine Harder, Susan Rowen, Deidra Carson, Shelley Thomas and Patricia Randall, Gail Gilchrist, Linda Stevenson, Donzella Shepler, Patty and Robert Unruh of Sedgwick, Bill and Jill Mason of Wichita, Bethel College Women’s Association with Janora Ratzlaff, Susan Bartel and Neva Frey, Et Cetera Shop with Deb Goering and Sarah Flaming, and Trebel Clef Club.

The board invites the Newton community to visit the house during the holiday season to enjoy this splendid example of gracious living from days long ago. We are open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 28. We will be closed January through March, reopening the first weekend in April.

— Don Sauerwein, president,

Warkentin House Association