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A Polish Christmas with Martha Hall Kelly

Martha Hall Kelly

Join CT Landmarks on Sunday, December 1st for a special day celebrating the holidays and the work of Caroline Ferriday, the inspiration for New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly’s novel Lilac Girls, at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden with A Polish Christmas.

Experience the Hay, Caroline’s beloved Connecticut home, staged in the traditional Polish fashion as inspired by her house guests. Learn about Advent and Polish Christmas traditions, including holiday delicacies and customs. Meet Martha Hall Kelly in Caroline’s kitchen and have her sign your copy of Lilac Girls. Tour sessions begin at 12 pm, 12:30 pm, and 1 pm, visit website for availability.

Then, carol your way to Memorial Hall to enjoy light refreshments and shop artisan vendors, followed by an author presentation with a question and answer session from 3 to 5 pm. Martha will discuss Lilac Girls, including her research process, and where she took artistic license. Gain insight about Lost Roses, the Lilac Girls prequel that tells the story of Caroline’s mother Eliza (coming April 2nd, 2019).

Lilac Girls is based on the true story of social philanthropist Caroline Ferriday, who worked at the French consulate during World War II. It focuses on Caroline’s work as a member of the French Resistance and her interest in the fate of the “lapins” (rabbits) – female prisoners subjected to medical testing at the Nazi’s Ravensbrück concentration camp. In 1957, Caroline began her crusade to bring 35 of the surviving 53 women to the United States to have restorative medical attention. In her debut novel, Martha transforms the horrors and inhumanities of war into a story of sisterhood and perseverance. For more information on Martha Hall Kelly and her work, visit www.marthahallkelly.com.

Individual Tickets are $50/$40 for CTL Members. Patron Tickets are $100/$90 for CTL Members and include a Lilac Girls hardcover, a Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden pewter ornament in honor of Caroline Ferriday’s charitable work, premier seating for author presentation, and a tax-deductible contribution. Limited availability; purchase tickets by Monday, November 26th by visiting www.ctlandmarks.org or calling 860.247.8996 x 23. All proceeds benefit Connecticut Landmarks and the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, December 2nd.

The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden is located at 9 Main Street North, Bethlehem, CT. It is open for tours May through October. For hours and more information, visit www.ctlandmarks.org; or https://www.facebook.com/BellamyFerridayHouseGarden. Memorial Hall is located at 10 The Green, Bethlehem, CT.

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