Range of wares at Vienna Cottage Christmas Boutique

Hunters Hill Guest Column

To The POINT With JOHN BIRCH

NATIONAL Trust Vienna Cottage Committee will again be holding their annual Christmas Boutique in early December in Vienna Cottage, 38 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.

The Christmas Boutique has been a major event of Vienna Cottage for over twenty years.

Once again the committee has assembled a diverse range of local craft people who’ll be displaying their hand made wares.

The rooms of Vienna Cottage will be filled with beautiful goods suitable for Christmas buying.

Colleen Tracey, Virginia Churchill and Kirsten Clarke with a long experience in the wholesale gem industry will be exhibiting their exciting and colourful range of handmade jewellery using gemstones sourced from around the world.

Zoe Wall will again be displaying her award winning Crooked Creek Christmas Fare including great value hampers choc-o-bloc full of delicious goodies.

Joy Taylor will be displaying her hand embroided baby ware and old linen.

Kay Cassin will be displaying her Crushed Pepper range of handmade all natural skin care products.

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IN addition there’ll be stalls selling adults and children’s clothes and accessories, bags, cards and decorations and the Vienna Cottage National Trust shop selling history and heritage publications, walking maps of Hunters Hill and Vienna Cottage marmalade.

The Boutique will be open from 3pm to 8pm on Friday December 4 when refreshments will be served from 6pm and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday December 5-6.

There’ll be no charge for admission to the Cottage.

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THE Vienna Cottage Committee has had responsibility for the management of the cottage since 1988.

The committee through an active program of exhibitions, talks, special events and hire of the Cottage raises the funds to cover the property costs and maintenance of the Cottage.

The Christmas Boutique is the major fundraiser for the Vienna Committee.

All funds raised are used for maintaining the historic 1871 stone cottage. Inquiries 9816 1794 or email [email protected]

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VIENNA Cottage is a four room stone cottage built in 1871 and purchased by the National Trust in 1984.

The Hillman Orchard next to the Cottage was purchased by the Hunters Hill Council who maintain the land as the Hillman Orchard Park.

Fruit from the orchard is collected by our volunteer Graham Percival who makes our sought after Vienna Cottage marmalade.

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DURING the last twelve months more than 2000 people visited the Cottage on our regular second and fourth Sunday of the month openings, on group visits, for our Heritage Festival exhibitions on Indigenous Cultural Heritage and our Sunday afternoon heritage talks, Annual Heritage Lecture on Francis Greenway and the Hunters Hill Art Show for which Vienna Cottage was one of the venues.

In 2015, topics for our Sunday afternoon talks were a screening of a film and talk on Aboriginal Astronomy and a Forum on Current threats to Heritage which included the 10/50 vegetation clearing code, heritage impact of urban motorways and the sale of historic properties in Millers Point and Bridge Street.

JOHN BIRCH AM is Chair of the Vienna Cottage Management Committee