Christmas with the Bidwells

Every December the Bidwell Mansion Association hosts a holiday event at Bidwell Mansion for members and guests. Although conditions are different this year, we couldn’t let 2020 go by without “Christmas with the Bidwells” so we put together a virtual holiday party.

In this YouTube video you will tour General Bidwell’s office, find out what’s cooking in the kitchen with Florence the cook, hear stories from Peter the coachman, and listen to Annie tell you about her plans for Christmas shopping. You’ll also enjoy piano and fiddle music in the parlor, just like John and Annie might have listened to.

Adrienne Glatz plays Annie, Nick Anderson is John Bidwell, Mike Swann is Peter, and that’s me as Florence the cook. Video recording by Elizabeth Quivey, editing by Adrienne Glatz, and music by Alicia Glatz (piano) and Joel Quivey (violin).

Enjoy! And have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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2 Responses to Christmas with the Bidwells

  1. Charles Smay says:

    I watched this clip earlier but did not comment. It was great. Had a hard time taking my eye off the Apple pie. See your name in a lot of places in the credits in addition to being the Cook. Thanks for all your and the others dedicated work in making this visit possible.

  2. nancyleek says:

    Thanks for the compliment. I write the vignettes, and as much as possible I base them on primary sources — letters, diaries, memoirs, etc.

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