Sunday, January 4, 2015

Keep the Holidays Rolling in the New Year--Celebrate Twelfth Night in the Albany Area days

Twelfth Night (or the Feast of the Epiphany) is--predictably--twelve days after Christmas.  In the 18th and early 19th centuries it was widely celebrated, usually with much large festivities than Christmas.  These included eating, drinking, dancing, and the all-important Twelfth Night Cake (example at right by Ivan Day--see it baked here).

This December, Clermont highlighted Twelfth Nigh in one of five Tableaux Vivants at our Candlelight Evening (seen below), including a large, white-frosted cake topped with traditional-style swans.

If you aren't ready just yet to plunge into the long, dark days of winter, you might want to try out a Twelfth Night celebration at one of these two Albany-area museums.  Both include live music, costumed interpreters, and food.  Even though Twelfth Night is Tuesday this year, these celebrations have been moved to more convenient weekend dates.

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