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“Deck the Halls” – The Gallery Halls that is!

The holidays are a special time of year, especially here at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. With an unexpected snowfall due to Hurricane Sandy, you can be assured that the resort is already freshly blanketed with a crystalline coating where autumn leaves once laid. It is that period between seasons when time seems to stand still just long enough for our little elves start decking the halls in preparation for this beloved holiday season.

Like thieves in the night, our elves pillage secret storage areas and transform this mountain retreat into a winter oasis that even Santa himself would envy. Wreaths and garland go up in halls and on windows. Twinkling lights illuminate the dark, cold nights outside as the ovens warm up inside in preparation for our Chateau Lobby Gingerbread House. You can expect the smells of warm brown sugar and cinnamon to linger like a magical yuletide wave beckoning you back. Evergreens pop up in every lobby possible, acting as a reminder that our whimsical spirit is alive even in the coldest months. Each tree, with its unique display of ornaments, has become a signature feature of our holiday season décor. In light of this newly realized tradition, you can expect that we would not just stop there.

In addition to our holiday décor, our guests have come to expect to find the Hardy Family Art Collection all year long. And, in one hallway in particular, guests can expect an ever changing display of artwork – our Nemacolin Galleries hallway between the Academie du Vin and the Chateau Signature boutique. Here, regional artists share their gifts and talents in a series of seasonal exhibits. So, why not combine this artistic endeavor with a new holiday tradition. One that embodies the magical spirit of the holidays; that showcases local artistic talent; and that takes that holiday ornament tradition here to a new level. Why not “Deck the Halls” of the Nemacolin Galleries!? Oh, wait – that’s exactly what we plan to do!

During your holiday stay this year, as the gingerbread aroma leads you from the Chateau through The Lodge, you will find the gallery hall decked out with unique handmade ornaments and winter scenes. Our elves have searched high and low for some of the most talented ornament artists in our region. Each has their own style that, much like Nemacolin, offers “something for everyone.”  From felt elves by Nicole Golden and quilted bulbs inspired by the Kansas prairie by Darlene Anderson, to a collection of ceramic ornaments by Becky Keck and Jan McAllister and the return of Cynthia Grant’s hand-painted porcelain, you may find yourself wanting to start your own holiday ornament tradition. And, painters Ray Forquer and Dan Marsula will delight you as you gaze upon their pristine winter landscapes, so much that you might forget you’re not looking out a window upon the snow-covered Laurel Highlands.

The “Deck the Halls” Holiday Art Show will open during our Thanksgiving holiday weekend and continue through New Years. With our holiday season in full swing, we invite you to meet some of the artists on Saturday, November 24, 2012, in the gallery. We’re sure you will find an ornament that will speak to your own individual whimsy. This is just the first of the annual ornament showcases, and we look forward to welcoming you back each year to build your collection in remembrance of your holidays here with us.

For more information on the “Deck the Halls” Holiday Art Show, or to see examples of the artwork and learn more about our artist, please visit our Special Events page, or contact Brenda Girod at 724.329.6481 or by email at


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