Clay County Extension Homemakers Club members have put together a program in honor of Homemakers Week, which begins Monday. Sue Berg of Bloomington is putting on a solo presentation called "Colonial Christmas: A Visit From the Past" Monday at 7 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds. She will be talking about certain foods and decorations that were part of a typical Christmas celebration in the Colonies and how they can recreate them.
Last year, Berg visited the Williamsburg Holiday Institute and learned many of the stories and facts that she will be sharing. This will be her first performance of several that are scheduled to take place next week throughout the Extension Service's nine-county area. The event, which she is hoping will help "get people into the spirit of the holiday" is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary and door prizes will be given away.
Berg will be dressed in clothing from Colonial times and plans to give information about what people wore during that period. Holiday and welcome decorations will be displayed just as they were in homes, along with a Christmas tree with authentic ornaments.
There will also be a table set up with many different foods that local Extension Homemakers Club members have prepared for the occasion, using Berg's recipes. Ingredients will include fruits and vegetables that were native to the eastern seaboard so many years ago. At least five or six of the recipes will be offered for the audience to sample.
Those who attend will be given a 32-page booklet which contains instructions and recipes. Berg is also going to give a Power Point presentation showing how items would look installed. Everything she discusses will be "either on a plate or a slide."