Frank Phillips Home announces holiday events

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

BARTLESVILLE — The Christmas season is a special time to visit the Frank Phillips Home, which will open in full holiday splendor on Wednesday, and will delight adults and children alike,” said Kim Goss, volunteer and events coordinator.

Beautiful poinsettia arrangements grace the front foyer, and the grand stairway is trimmed with garland. The first floor decorations include festive floral arrangements, and there are Christmas trees in the music room, library, and sunroom.

The second floor features wreaths, beautiful trees and floral arrangements. Of particular interest are handmade jeweled cone-shaped trees in Mrs. Phillips’ bedroom. Frank’s bedroom showcases a money tree and other Christmas items. The third floor features a nine-foot tree decorated in ribbons, small birds, and hundreds of candy canes.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, the Frank Phillips Home and the Jane Phillips Society invite parents and children to “Santa’s Cottage.” Re-enactors Brandon and Rachael Reid portray Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and visit with children of all ages. JPS volunteers serve homemade cookies and punch. There is no charge for this event.

Also on Dec. 11, from 2-4 p.m., visitors are invited to stroll through the three floors of the Home and enjoy the elaborate Christmas trees and decorations.

Tuba Christmas will perform at 3 p.m. on the front porch of the mansion.

“It’s not every day that you’ll see this,” Kim Goss noted. “A group approximately 50 tuba and euphonium players performing holiday classics in a free outdoor concert.” Bartlesville High School band director Alex Claussen, is in charge of this tradition which started at New York’s Rockefeller Center in 1974 and has played out in 200 cities around the world. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy this beautiful concert. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Bartlesville High School.