READING, MA– Come to Parker Tavern on December 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate both the holiday season and the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, often considered by historians as the kickoff to the American Revolution. Period holiday decorations will adorn the downstairs rooms, thanks to the creative efforts of Reading Garden Club’s members. Visitors will enjoy inspiring yet natural displays of greenery, pineapples (the colonial symbol of hospitality), and various clove-studded fruit. This holiday Open House is free and open to the public.
While visiting, partake of punch, sweet cider, and cookies. However, this unlicensed Tavern is unable to offer grog and will strictly observe requests from area patriots by boycotting tea.
There will also be a display of broom corn – grown this year in the Tavern’s garden – and the process by which brooms could be made from it.
Parker Tavern is located at 103 Washington Street near the train depot. Although street parking is somewhat limited, visitors will find abundant spaces near the depot.
All are also encouraged to check out the new kiosk to the right of the Tavern at the edge of the trees. You’ll find information, including the Tavern’s website and QR code, as well as a chance to learn a bit about other aspects of Reading’s long and storied history.
Parker Taven is owned by the Reading Antiquarian Society (RAS), not the Town of Reading, and is maintained and wholly supported by membership, contributions and bequests. All donations are much appreciated and are fully tax deductible as the RAS is a 501c(3) organization.