BRISTOL â€“ The American Clock & Watch Museumâ€™s â€śMantels for the Seasonâ€ť is running through the end of December. Visitors will have a chance to view a variety of festive mantels, decorated by members of the community, and incorporating time pieces from the museumâ€™s collection.
The mantels can be found in the museumâ€™s eight galleries and can be viewed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the museum at 100 Maple St. Mantels for the Season is included in the price of admission.
Patti Philippon, executive director of the American Clock & Watch Museum, said that the mantels include a wide range of designs including Hanukkah, South African culture, Holiday Tea Time, Punny Peeps, and Fairies.
â€śThis annual event has become popular with our visitors as it gives them an opportunity to see some of our timepieces displayed in unique ways,â€ť states Patti Philippon, the museumâ€™s Executive Director. â€śWith the event extended through the end of December, we encourage everyone to make plans to visit us this year. While you are here, check out our museum shop for one of a kind gifts.â€ť
Participants in this yearâ€™s â€śMantels for the Seasonâ€ť include Rachel Beckwith Designs, CSN Home Staging, Marcie Sener, John Avignone, Punny Peeps by Lisa Ayotte, Diane Ashworth, and Harley and Ruth Ann Graime with Craig and Laura Minor, Amy Breakstone, Jodi Lynne Harris, and Rick Kerzner. The event is sponsored by Quinoco Energy, Bristol Health, and Dynamic Manufacturing.
â€śThis is our third year doing Mantels for the Season,â€ť said Philippon. â€śThis year, a lot of folks came to us. After they approached us, they would pick out a space and we would work with them to select one or more time pieces from the collection to go along with their ideas. We would try to match them with the aesthetic, style and color to come up with a vision.â€ť
Philippon said that the designs this year are very different than in past year.
â€śWe have a lot of woodland outdoorsy themes and for the Hanukah themed mantel, a number of members of the community got together and lent a menorah,â€ť she said. â€śPeople can also bring home dreidels and chocolate coins left on the mantel. Itâ€™s nice to see what people come up with.â€ť
Philippon said that â€śMantels for the Seasonâ€ť has been a successful way to encourage people to come to the museum and see it in a different way.
â€śPeople decorate their homes for the holidays and clocks are a part of peopleâ€™s homes,â€ť she said. â€śCome in and see all of the fun decorations that we have.â€ť
For more information on The American Clock & Watch Museum, call 860-583-6070 or visit clockandwatchmuseum.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.