The Ware River Circle of King's Daughters and Sons will host its 26th annual Christmas Open House at the Exchange, a historic waterfront home in Gloucester.
Since 1984, Ware River Circle has donated $126,000 to the Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters, and as the organization's primary fundraising event, the open house aims to continue the giving trend.
The Exchange stands on a 7.85-acre property, dotted with English boxwoods, aged trees and gardens. The restored home, originally built in 1720, boasts crown molding, wainscoting and portrait windows on the interior. Outside, the house retains a clapboard exterior, pegged construction and Welsh slate roof.
But with an updated kitchen, swimming pool, three car garage and more, the house has been modernized for those living within. The current owners are Dr. and Mrs. David Muron.
During the open house, guests can enjoy refreshments at an hors d'oeuvres buffet, as well as champagne punch. Christmas floral arrangements will decorate each room of the house, created by Ware River Circle members.
The Christmas Open House benefits the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and the Ronald McDonald House.
Tickets are $25, available by calling Sue Hewitt at 804-241-2757. Tickets can also be purchased at the Silver Box in Gloucester Courthouse, or from any member of Ware River Circle.
The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8. Sessions will occur from 12-1 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The Exchange is located at 8711 Exchange Lane, Gloucester.
The King's Daughters and Sons, an interdenominational Christian service organization, includes nearly 5,000 members. The Ware River Circle branch has over 80 members, serving its community since 1896.
Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-275-4934.