Once upon a time
(1966) There was the Enchanted Colonial Christmas Village which occupied the second floor of the now defunct "Lit Bros Department Store" in Center City Philadelihia.
scenic buildings, 100 mechanized colonial(ish) figures, carolers,
bunnies, christmas-trees, snowmen (well ..evil snowmen) and at
one time gnomes gnomes gnomes.
Lots of movement, lots of german creativity, lots of levers and motors, and lots of stUff breaking, burning-out, wearing down, getting lost, sold, melted and renovated over the last 40 years that it`s now whittled down to 9 buildings and about 50 figures.
Viewed by Millions .. children
would watch with amazement
(ooor fear from the evil snoWmen }
until the 70`s when Lit Bros closed and the Village began it`s journey of ups
and downs .. ..and doOowns ... (and ups)
(For a complete Outline of what the Village has been through click here)
So nowadays the news-story off and on has been ..
"what`s going to happen to Philadelphia`s Historical Enchanted Colonial Village?"
...It`s been bounced from institution to institution, stored upside down, stomped-on, baked, frozen, restored partially, viewed "occasionally" only to be stored in "not ideal conditions" again.
Who will save the village???
Please Touch Museum that`s who ..
Resurrecting the Enchanted
Colonial Village (Philadelphia, PA, 2008)
Written by: Chris Hillman © firstname.lastname@example.org