Seaside's Holiday Tradition Continues
Lovers, families and friends having been enjoying Gingerbread Tea at the Butterfield Cottage, hosted by the Seaside Museum & Historical Society, every holiday season for the past thirty years. Sharing a cozy relaxing afternoon while being entertained by live holiday music has become THE holiday tradition for many residents as well as visitors returning from far and wide.
The Butterfield Cottage will be decorated in Victorian holiday style and open for Gingerbread Tea from 1 to 4PM on Saturdays, November 25, December 2, 9 and 16. Musicians this year include the North Coast Ukulele Strummers, Shirley Smith-Yates and Linda Nielsen, a perennially popular performer at the Museum’s July 4th Old Fashioned Social. Homemade gingerbread topped with whipped cream, hot cocoa, spiced cider and a variety of teas will be served.
No reservation is necessary; tickets are $5, available at the door. The museum and cottage are located at 570 Necanicum Drive in Seaside, 4 blocks north of the Seaside Convention Center.
In addition, raffle tickets, at $1 each or 8 for $5, will be available for a drawing to be held at the end of the last Gingerbread Tea, at 4PM on December 16. Items include wall art provided by Tipton’s, a non-edible gingerbread house from Dough Dough Bakery and perennial favorite, a large holiday poinsettia from Mimi’s Flowers. A special item this year is an attractive appliquéd holiday quilt. Winners need not be present to win. Safeway also contributes to the event.
Horace Seely Butterfield, a prominent Portland jeweler, built the Butterfield Cottage in 1893. The original location was at 21 North Columbia. In 1984 the Butterfield Cottage was given to the Seaside Museum and Historical Society and moved to its present location at 570 Necanicum Drive. It has been interpretively restored to be used as a museum depicting a beach cottage and rooming house of 1912.