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HADDONFIELD, N.J. (Dec. 9, 2001) -- The Indian King Tavern Museum was decorated with simple greens when visitors arrived for yesterday's 7th annual "Music of Christmas" festival. In the second-floor assembly room (above, left), the mantle was lite by candles. Docent John Kezik was on hand in the downstairs private dining room where tables with spread with the holiday fare of an 18th-century tavern.

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The Sugar Sand Ramblers of Medford (above, left), provided traditional carols like ('Joy to the World') as well as 'Soldiers' Joy', a colonial-era song about pay day. Two junior docents (above, right) danced a jig to a song played on a Appalachian lap dulcimer by the Ramblers' Carol Ann Sweet.

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In the 'Keeping Room' where foods were readied for serving, Ann Kram (above, left) explains the techniques while surrounded by authentic-looking faux foods. She also pointed out that gingerbread cookies were used as part of the Tavern's decorations this year (above, right) because research discovered that George Washington was particularly fond of gingerbread.

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Bill Mason, manager of the Tavern Museum (above, left), greeted arriving visitors at the restored bar in the public dining room. Nearby, the Tapestry Dulcimer Troupe played Christmas carols near a table filled with authentic tavern accoutrements.

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In an upstairs bedroom, docent Adamary Assaiante (above, left) stands near a hearth whose mantle has been decorated with holly. In a downstairs dining room, docent Joan Walker describes patron behavior and food service procedures in 1777 when the tavern, in the center of a war zone, was alternately patronized by local Quakers and Colonial militia as well as by Hessian and British occupational forces.

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