TAMWORTH - Jolly Old St. Nicholas was bouncing down the steps of the Capt. Enoch Remick House, his red robe flowing around his ankles, its black trim setting off the snow-white of his bushy beard, when he spotted a young Santa-believer coming up the path. With a hearty "Ho, Ho, Ho," Santa stopped in tracks, bending down quickly to make sure he heard the Christmas wish of almost-4-year-old Winter Dyer-Myrback of Stowe, Maine.
"I want a puppy," wide-eyed Winter said, stretching out her arms to show Santa exactly how big she wants her new dog to be, her pink gloves peeking out from the cuffs of her bright yellow jacket. Winter was dressed for the occasion, too - her jacket covering a Yuletide-red dress with white edging on the skirt.
The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm hosted Christmas in the Village on Saturday, a tradition made by possible by a bequest by Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick, who before his death in 1993 set up a foundation to educate the public about the value of the medical practice and agricultural way of life, preserving his home, his working farm and family history.
Remick practiced medicine in the rural town of Tamworth, as his father had before him, and several rooms in the house he shared with his wife, Marion, and staff were devoted to his practice.
Christmas in the Village is few times each year the house is open to the general public. Saturday afternoon a picture-perfect plum pudding sat on a sideboard in the dining room, its sugar-sprinkled top set off by a sprig of holly. This culinary display was not for consumption, but in the museum, educator Jamie L'Italien was handing out sweet squares of fudge.
L'Italien was also tending two pots of wassail bubbling on the wood stove. Its spicy scent was not the only good cheer wafting through the air.
Upstairs in the bedroom of Earline Stevens, the younger Dr. Remick's nurse, seven members of the Brier Hill Band performed toe-tapping traditional music on dulcimer, fiddle and guitar, with band member Tim Morrison occasionally putting down his fiddle to keep rhythm with a set of bones.
Six-year-old Oliver Hewson and sister, Pearl, 3, of Tamworth explored the house and its historic furniture and fixings with the blessings of the non-profit foundation, as they went through each room looking for the objects shown on their scavenger hunt paper.
There were other activities for children, with Remick's Education Center hosting holiday themed crafts.
The farm's horse-drawn wagon was popular as the team of draft horses took visitors from the Remick House to the museum and reception center.
Another edible culinary treat was served in the Hearth Room of the museum - freshly baked gingerbread, cooked on the open hearth.
Remick offers a full slate of events throughout the year, including Maple Sugaring Day in March. The farm taps it own trees, boiling down the sweetness in its sugarhouse.
"Our events do very well," Sharon Trott, museum store attendant said, calling Remick "an absolutely wonderful place to work."
Remick will host a live nativity in its barn on Christmas Eve.
For more information, go to remickmuseum.org.