Your humble blog author volunteered at the Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Historical Library during Christmas in the Adobes yesterday, but managed to sneak out for a few minutes to take photos at other adobes! You can see all the photos in our Flickr set.
The Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library on Van Buren St. in full swing
Author Randall Reinstedt educates the crowd
Cellist Mike Rainey provides some ambience
The barkeep at California's First Theater
The host at California's First Theater said, "Watch your step! And your wallet!"
Casa Soberanes by candlelight
A harpist performs at Casa Soberanes
Volunteers cook at Casa Soberanes
Dancers and band at the Custom House
The Old Whaling Station by candlelight
Volunteers and Christmas tree at the Old Whaling Station
A volunteer at the Old Whaling Station
Christmas in the Adobes is your chance to see Monterey's historic adobes illuminated by candlelight. Volunteers in period costume welcome you into the homes, often offering refreshments. It feels like stepping back in time and having the residents invite you in! Many of the adobes also have musicians playing period songs, or dancers performing in the style of the era. You'll feel like you've crashed an 1840s fandango or someone's private parlor concert.
Saturday's Christmas in the Adobes will be your last chance to visit many of these adobes for 2009, and well into 2010. Tickets are $20 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by an adult. It's free for children 5 and under. Buy tickets at the Cooper Molera Store at 525 Polk Street in downtown Monterey.