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046-074 Shortcuts_SU05 Carmel Magazine 10/23/13 5:40 PM Page 5 SHORTCUTS EVENT Photo: Kelli Uldall Christmas in the Adobes Benefits Local Children For 29 years, Monterey's Christmas in the Adobes has opened up historical buildings to the public. This year's event, which takes place December 6th and 7th, offers access to nearly two-dozen structures decorated for the holidays, and includes refreshments. early three decades ago, Monterey's first Christmas in the Adobes N featured a few festively decorated historic buildings. Community members so enjoyed the event that they asked organizers to expand the family friendly, self-guided adobe tour. For the 29th presentation this December 6 and 7, nearly two-dozen adobes and structures will feature sparkling lights and holiday embellish- ments. Folk dancers will teach fandango in the Custom House and bag- pipers will play at the Stevenson House. Participants from the Los Niños welcome guests during this year's holiday festivities, as will the newly restored San Carlos Cathedral, Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library, De La Torre Adobe and more. Event attendance has jumped in recent years, partly because organiz- ers shifted to a Friday and Saturday night schedule. That attracts more local families and out-of-town guests, and the new Gold Pass extends a discount to those attending both nights. Christmas in the Adobes proceeds fund Monterey State Historic Park de Monterey Viejo summer children's program will perform. Volunteers children's programming. "This is a fundraiser that keeps money here in the sample complimentary hot chocolate, punch and cookies. manager. "It's great to know that this event benefits our community." dressed in period costumes will discuss local history; elsewhere, guests can The celebration also marks the one time each year that some of the city's most significant buildings are open to the public. Entrance to Casa Amesti, built in the 1830s and later redecorated by noted interior designer Frances Adler Elkins, is normally reserved for members of a private club. The same is true of Casa Abrego and the Pacheco Adobe. All three 52 C ARMEL M AG A Z I N E • H O L I D AY 2013 local parks," says Michael Green, Monterey State Historic Park Association Christmas in the Adobes tickets are sold at the Cooper Museum Store in Monterey, or through the event website, Single-night entrance is $25/adults; $2/students ages 6 to 17; free/ages 5 and under. The $30 Gold Pass includes admission to both nights of the event. —Renee Brincks

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