Tiffany Sunday Concert Series

Bones East Trombone Ensemble

When:  Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2 pm

Where: Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY  13021

Launch your holiday celebrations with us at Willard Chapel for a fabulous holiday brass concert with Bones East!  This trombone ensemble, formed in the 1980s by Howard Kelley, includes some of Central New York’s finest professional, amateur and student trombonists.  The unique tones and wide range of the trombone’s voice makes it not just versatile, but one of the best “like instrument” ensembles for harmonizing, energizing and making merry in a musical way!

 Bones East consists of between 12 and 20 players performing with Standard Tenor Trombones, Symphonic “large” Tenor Trombones and even larger Bass Trombones.  This group can rumble with a tuba’s depth and ring with a trumpet’s sass!  The music arrangements are in 4 part harmony and feature up to 12 individual parts, approaching the complexity of a full concert band.

There will be a brief intermission for refreshments midway through the show.

A fully accessible entrance to the chapel is located off Seymour Street on the chapel’s north side.

Tickets for this concert are $10 and available at the door.  Proceeds benefit the Willard Memorial Chapel.



Warmth of the Holidays Weekend:  Christmas House Tour and Willard Chapel Holiday Open House

Sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee of Auburn, NY

Christmas House Tour

When:  1pm  to 5pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Where: Three homes in Auburn, NY, decked in Christmas finery at

107 South Street, 109 S. Herman Avenue, and 11 Melrose Road

Tickets are $10 in advance at the Willard Chapel, $15 at the door at the house sites. 

Call (315) 252-0339 with questions.




Willard Chapel Holiday Open House:  Reading with Santa, and Christmas Carols at the Chapel

When:  Noon to 5pm on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Where:  Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn NY  13021

Free and Open to the Public, especially children and their families!

 An American December is a celebratory time of light and warmth during the darkest month of the year.  Enjoying special activities with friends and family tops many a holiday wish list.  We can help your wishes come true with our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, and our Willard Chapel Holiday Open House on Sunday.

 If you can’t stuff another ornament on your own Christmas tree, enjoy the creativity of others on a tour of three festive Auburn homes on Saturday, December 13 from 1pm to 5pm.  Purchase your $10 tickets in advance at the Willard Chapel office, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY  13021 Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-4pm.  If you wait till the day of the tour, tickets cost $15 at the house sites.


On Sunday, December 14 from noon to five, bring your children and grandchildren to the Willard Chapel for some holiday magic at our Annual Holiday Open House!  The Willard Chapel, always beautiful with its Tiffany designed interior of stained glass, mosaics and stenciling, also will be decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas.  The fun begins promptly at noon as Santa and his helpers read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. As a special surprise, Santa gives children in the audience a book to take home!  Santa’s annual visit is sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of America.


Historic & Cultural Sites Commission Trip

Weekend in The Berkshires

June 5, 6 and 7, 2015


Weekend includes:


·     Bus transportation to/from The Berkshires of Massachusetts

·     2 nights at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Great Barrington, MA

·     Admission and Guided Tours at the NYS Museum (self- guided); The Norman Rockwell Museum; Chesterwood; and The Mount

·     Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and a Welcome Reception

·     Includes room tax and baggage handling

·     Not included:

·     Lunch and dinner on Friday

·     Dinner on return to Auburn on Sunday evening

·     Bus driver gratuities


June 5

11 am - Leave Auburn from the Seymour Street parking lot at Willard Chapel

Stop along the way on the Thruway

1:30 pm – Self- Guided Tour at the New York State Museum

Self-Guided tour of The Concourse and Rockefeller Modern Art Collection

6:30 pm – Welcome Reception after arrival Fairfield Inn and Suites, Great Barrington, MA


June 6

10 am – Arrive at Norman Rockwell Museum and Artist Studio

11 am – Guided Tour of Museum with time to visit the Artist’s Home                                     

 12:30 pm – Picnic in a Bag

                       Lunch Choices:

·    Tavern Ham & Cheddar on Marbled Rye

·    Turkey/Cranberry Mayo &Stuffing on Multi Grain Bread


      All lunches are served with pasta salad, potato chips, bottled water and Norman Rockwell’s favorite, oatmeal raisin cookies and are prepared by the Red Lion Inn.

2 pm – Depart for Chesterwood Estate and Museum

The 1920’s Home, Studio and Gardens of Daniel Chester French, American sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, The Minute Man and the bust (copy) of William  Seward in the library of the Seward House Museum

2:30 pm – Guided Tour of Chesterwood with a Docent

3:45 pm – Depart for Stockbridge

4 – 6 pm – Free time to explore the quaint village of Stockbridge

6:30 pm – Dinner at The Red Lion Inn

                Main Course Selections:

·    Sautéed Chicken Medallions with Wild Mushrooms        

·    New England Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy

June 7

10:30 am – Arrival at The Mount

Estate and Gardens of Edith Wharton, American author of “The Age of Innocence”, “House of Mirth” and “Ethan Fromme”. The home and property were designed and based on the precepts outlined in her groundbreaking 1897 book, “The Decoration of Houses”. Beatrix Farrand, one of the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Wharton’s niece, was involved in the design of the kitchen garden.

10:45 am – Guided House Tour House

11:45 – 1 pm - Lunch on the Patio with time to explore the gardens and grounds                                                                                    Lunch Choices:

·    The Mount: Roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, mustard, sliced pear, tomato, spring greens on soft wheat berry bread

·    The Tanglewood: House-made chicken salad with Dijon dressing, grapes, spring greens on soft wheat berry bread

·    Chicken Caesar Wrap: Grilled lemon herbed chicken, romaine, shredded Parmesan cheese with Caesar Dressing in a wheat wrap

All lunches include a mixed-greens salad and dessert and a choice of iced tea, water, lemonade or coffee

1:00 pm – Guided Garden Tour

2:30 pm – Depart for Auburn with a stop along the way on the Thruway


Double: $530 per person includes $25 donation to the Historic & Cultural Sites Commission

Triple: $465 per person includes $25 donation to the H&CSC


·    Reservations are requested by February 28, 2015

·    There is capacity for only 40 travelers

·    First come/first served basis for room selection

·    Please notify HCSC of your roommate/s names and information

·    A deposit of half of your selected room type (Double/$265 or Triple/$232.50) is due by February 28, 2015. Additional reservations will be taken based on availability. Your initial deposit holds your reservation. 

·    Final payment is due by April 1, 2015

·    No cancellation or refund after March 1, 2015.

·    Payment is by cash or check made out to CPC, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY 13021

·    Lunch and dinner selections will be taken in May

 Other Information:

·    Travelers are allowed one checked suitcase plus additional carry-on

·    Additional information about tours and sites will be sent at a later date

·    The Historic and Cultural Sites Commission and The City of Auburn accepts no liability for lost/stolen items on the trip

·    There will be water and light snacks provided on the bus

·    Guests may bring snacks/lunch on the bus

Look for special events, lectures and reading lists hosted by the Historic and Cultural Sites partners to make your trip more enjoyable and educational


For information on any of the above events contact
Willard Memorial Chapel office at (315)252-0339

Annual Chapel events include:

• Amateur Chefs’ Night (February)

The chapel is available for weddings, concerts and other events.

You may inquire in the Community Preservation Committee office (315) 252-0339 for an events schedule as well as information on rental of the facility or email: