Los Alamos took a page out of history last Saturday night as it celebrated the season with a gathering of people dressed in traditional Civil War garb.
Bell Street was lined with luminaries, as the townsfolk prepared for the annual Christmas tree lighting in the park and caroling around a bonfire. A bone-shattering cannon salute started the evening off along with a flag lowering as local merchants opened their doors welcoming visitors in for some warm apple cider.
Each year the historical Union Hotel in Los Alamos holds "The Civil War Christmas Ball." More than 50 participants, dressed in authentic reproduction attire of the 1800s, gathered in the old hotel to welcome in the season. Most are members of the Washington Artillery. This group holds monthly re-enactments -- living history lessons -- of Civil War events at various schools around the state.
"Nine members from our group just returned from Camp Moore, La. They attended the 140th anniversary of the falling of Camp Moore," said 1st Sgt. D.A. Carroll.
After all the guests had arrived, dinner was served and a lively band played traditional music, taking all who were present back in time. For those who were brave enough to weather the cold night air and the possibility of seeing one of the resident ghosts, there was a midnight candlelit adventure through the hedge maze.
Guests who stayed the night were treated to a hearty breakfast, making it a warm and memorable experience.
Photos by Pamela Dozois
Pam Carroll and 1st Sgt. D.A. Carroll stopped in at The Gentleman Farmer, an antique shop on Bell Street, to browse and enjoy a warm taste of cider.
Taking in the night air are, from left, Jim Neighbors, Leslie Kussler, Suzanne Vierling and Brian Adams.
Children enjoying the magic of Christmas.
Dec. 9, 2004