Photos with Santa Claus, seasonal refreshments, exclusive Colts Neck gift items, and more will fill the historic Montrose one-room schoolhouse from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016. The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee is sponsoring this free, traditional holiday fest at the school at the corner of Montrose Road and Cedar Drive.
Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule to pose for free photos taken by guests who should bring their own cameras. Seasonal goodies, hot chocolate, and cider will be provided. The fir tree outside the school, is to be replaced by Chris Short, and will be lit during the afternoon. A small Christmas tree inside the school will be festooned with decorations appropriate to the period.
In addition to its popular maps depicting Colts Neck historic sites, (suitable for framing, $15 each), the committee will be selling its line of commemorative glassware featuring Montrose School and Bucks Mill, created exclusively for the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee. Items include a set of four coasters ($30), eight-inch plates ($20 each), and hanging ornaments/ sun catchers ($10 each); all pre-wrapped for gift giving.
“Our Christmas open house last year was so popular, many have asked us to repeat it,” said Committee Chairperson Lillian Burry, a Monmouth County Freeholder and former Colts Neck Mayor. “Everyone on the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee enjoys preparing and opening Montrose School for special events that highlight our township’s unique role in American history and help keep our local history alive for future generations. We invite everyone to share in the warmth and historic significance of Montrose School during this community celebration.” Mrs. Burry negotiated the purchase of the school, the only publicly-owned one-room schoolhouse in Colts Neck, for $1 from the township’s former Historical Society over a decade ago. The committee raises funds to continue to upgrade and maintain the school.