Twelfth Night 2015
2015 Event Sponsors
About the Event
Twelfth Night is a traditional Christmas celebration, steeped in history and tradition in many European countries. The early European settlers of the United States naturally brought many of the traditions of their home countries with them, including all the celebrations of the winter and Christmas season. In the same manner, early residents of Riverside (incorporated in 1883) established the traditions of their day, so a Victorian Twelfth Night became one of Riverside's early celebrations. Ironically, back in the 1870's era Victorian England, Queen Victoria had banned Twelfth Night as a feast day because it had become a time of mischief and over indulgence rather than a religious celebration.
The Old Riverside Foundation has brought back the tradition with some of the old feel and some newer ideas. Traditionally, Twelfth Night is on January 5th (the 12th day after Christmas), and has for centuries been the culmination of the 12-day Christmas season (thus the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday song). Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of Riverside's original Twelfth Night Celebrations by wearing period dress or semi-formal attire.
Awards 2014: November 16, 2014 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. - California Citrus State Historic Park (in conjunction with Annual Meeting)
An afternoon event that showcases some of the year's best public, commercial and private historic preservation projects in Riverside County. Every year, the Old Riverside Foundation honors painstaking restoration, diligent maintenance, and good adaptive reuse through its annual Awards Presentation & Reception.Winners
Annual Meeting 2014: November 16, 2014 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. - California Citrus State Historic Park (in conjunction with Awards Presentation)
Open to ORF members, this important afternoon lunch meeting is where members hear a report of the Foundation's activities, hear a featured speaker, and vote on the Board of Directors.
Photos: 2013 Annual Meeting
Info: 2014 Home Tour
Home Tour 2015: Date TBD
Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.
In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.Download the flyer for more info and ticket locations.
From The Press-Enterprise, March 20, 2014
RIVERSIDE: Historic homes ask low price, big investment
The city of Riverside has been trying to unload the homes between Olivewood Avenue and Highway 91 for more than two years but has had no takers despite the rock-bottom price.
The three-story, 4,800-square-foot homes -– known for their original owners as the Sweatt House and the McIntyre House -– were built a year apart by rich out-of-towners who relocated to Riverside, according to a city fact sheet.
Related: ThisOldHouse.com: Save This Old House: California Queen Anne
For more info on acquiring the Sweatt or McIntyre houses: City of Riverside (951.826.5649)
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