Seventh Annual Holiday Dinner at Binford House slated for Dec. 15

T-R FILE PHOTO The seventh annual Holiday Dinner at the Binford House is slated for Thursday, Dec. 15, with social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow, catered by Heavenly Breads, with holiday activities and entertainment included. Cost of admission is $30 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society of Marshall County.

The historic Binford House, located at 110 N. 2nd Ave in Marshalltown, will play host to the Seventh Annual Holiday Dinner at Binford House, on Thursday, Dec. 15, sponsored by the Historical Society of Marshall County.

Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with drinks and hors d’oeuvres served. The meal, catered by Leona McDonough of Heavenly Breads, will start at 6 p.m. The Men’s Chorus Holiday Quartet, directed by Larry Pfantz, will provide the entertainment following the meal. Holiday activities will follow. “We’ll have some of the same fun activities, such as decorating a person as a Christmas tree, plus some new things to change things up,” said Michelle Roseburrough, administrator at the HSMC.

The cost of admission is $30 per person, with proceeds benefiting the HSMC’s operating expenses.

“We still have a few seats available, and the event is open to the public, not just board members. An RSVP is required by contacting the museum at 641-752-6664,” Roseburrough added. “For those who cannot attend, we do accept donations which at any point can be sent by mail to the museum at 202 E. Church Street in Marshalltown.”

Membership to the Historical Society of Marshall County is $25 per year for an individual, $40 a year for a family, and $20 a year for those 65 and older (with the year running March-March.) The museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Historical Society sites also include: the Glick-Sower House, Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop and Taylor #4 Country School — available for touring, by appointment.

The Thaddeus Binford House was built in 1874 for its namesake, a prominent attorney. Daughter Jessie Binford was known for her work at Hull House in Chicago and her service as executive director of the Juvenile Protective Association. The house was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and is the home of the Marshalltown Federation of Women’s Clubs. It is also available for use for parties and other special occasions.