Holiday Lights with Arrowhead

Holiday Lights

Wednesday, December 16, 5pm

A virtual program that offers a tour of Arrowhead decorated for the holidays, seasonal readings, 19th century holiday recipes, and a peek at some objects from our collection that are not often on view. There will also be a special appearance from Elizabeth Melville herself!

The event is free, but you will need to register in order to receive the zoom link. Call 413.442.1793 or email us at

Thank you to our friends at MountainOne Bank for making this program possible.


Check out some holiday recipes below! 

Wassail Recipe

1-gallon apple cider

2 quarts cranberry juice

1 tablespoon aromatic bitters

4 sticks cinnamon

1 tablespoon white allspice

2 oranges (studded with cloves)

Optional: 2 cups rum or brandy

Toss it all in a crockpot, keep on low and serve drink warm.



1 tablespoon olive oil

7 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup minced garlic

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 cup red-wine vinegar

2 pounds red cabbage, cored and shredded

1 cup dry red wine

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar in large non-aluminum pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 2 minutes. Add 2 cups cranberries and vinegar. Cover and cook until cranberries begin to burst, 4 to 6 minutes. Add cabbage and wine. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons brown sugar and cayenne and mix well. Stir in remaining 1 cup cranberries. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand until cranberries are tender, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Serve hot or cold. (Dish can be prepared up to 2 days ahead, covered and refrigerated. If desired, reheat over low heat 10 to 12 minutes.) Makes 12 servings.