Dec 7, 2012

Toast the holidays at the Mansion

UNION CITY--The Union City Preservation Society will Toast the Holidays at the Mansion that once hosted Henry Ford and Carl Sandburg on Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

Linda and Dick Wilcox are opening their 7,500 square-foot Tudor Revival home for a gala evening of holiday cheer as a fundraiser for Preservation Society’s latest project.

Linda Wilcox says, “We are determined to get the furnace in the building on the Ohio-side that we’re working on. Without a furnace, we can’t work in the cold, and the winter will be a lost cause.”

In an atmosphere of elaborate decorations, toasters will enjoy a special spread of lime shrimp with fruit salsa, cheese-stuffed peppers, warm bread with a variety of dipping sauces, pumpkin-spiced bisque, marinated cheese and olives, asparagus wraps, oreo truffles and marshmallow surprise. Dick Wilcox’s famous selection of liquors will be available, with the first drink free and subsequent drinks by donation.

Attendees will receive a hand-made keepsake ornament. A balladeer will provide the musical background for the evening.

The Mansion was built in 1927 by Union City industrialist R.C. Schemmel as a wedding present for his daughter and son-in-law, Stella and Paul Keck. The entry hall is crowned with a spiral marble staircase guarded by a brass railing. The main Christmas tree features feathers and leopard ribbons.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at The Antique Mall in downtown Union City.


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