By Sandy Barnes
The former home of Helen McCarty Fickel and Dr. R.B. “Doc” Fickel was alive with holiday cheer and decoration during the Old Fashioned Christmas event Friday evening sponsored by the Berthoud Historical Society.
Families who came with their youngsters to McCarty-Fickel Home heard holiday music played on a vintage piano, made Christmas tree decorations and enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate while listening to a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Teri Johnson, Director for the home, planned activities for guests gathered there for the evening. In the dining room, youngsters took turns decorating sugar cookies while a group in the kitchen made Christmas tree garlands with popcorn and cranberries. Other guests worked on ornaments in the spacious living room.
“Doc” Fickel recently donated the home to the Berthoud Historical Society to enable people to appreciate its heritage.
Those who visit the home, built in 1916 by the McCarty family, have the opportunity to see a classic example of the Denver Square architectural style and period furnishings within. During tours, visitors can also learn about the life and history of its first residents, Dr. D.W. McCarty and his wife Jennie.
From the chinaware on the dining room table, which was a 1906 wedding present to the McCarty’s, to the room in the basement that became a studio for “Doc” Fickel’s creations as a sculptor, the home reflects the lives and interests of those who lived there over the years.
Johnson offers special tours for visitors, such as tours that are medically focused or perhaps presented from the perspective of one of its former residents.
Located at 645 Seventh St., the McCarty-Fickel Home is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Other times to see the home can be arranged by appointment. For more information, call (970) 532-1916.
<p>David Mineo reads the classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to young guests at the Old-Fashioned Christmas.</p>
<p>Kate, Conrad and Sue Ellis join in the singing of the holiday tune “Frosty the Snowman” as Virginia Mayo plays on the vintage piano at the McCarty Fickel Home.</p>
<p>Amika Jessen, Rheanna Goseha and Carissa Bratcher put the finishing touches on sugar cookies in the dining room.</p>