While the short-sleeve weather last weekend may have dampened the holiday feel, on the second floor of Brewskie’s Beer Garden there’s a tiny little winter wonderland village that would give even the most hardcore Scrooge some holiday cheer.
“It started 30 years ago when my husband got me six small houses,” said Debbie Calloway, who owns the restaurant with her husband Fred. “Then I just started collecting. People ask me to put it up every year.”
The village sits atop multiple tiers laden with “snow” with about 40 tiny buildings, and other amenities such as a tiny park with ornate benches, an ice skating rink and lots of little evergreen trees each illuminated with a kaleidoscope of color. There is even a miniature tavern appropriately named Brewskie’s that sits in the middle of the town.
Calloway doesn’t exactly have a favorite, but said she is rather partial to the set of three connected three-story buildings, a brownstown complete with its own fire escape flanked by two quaint little shops that look like they could be situated in any New York City borough.
Some of the more unusual pieces include a light-up Ferris wheel with santa-themed teddy bears and elves riding in its gondolas, two lighthouses and one of the new pieces for this year — a snow-covered hill complete with its own sledding children.
Calloway said the entire village takes about 80 hours to put up each year, but the display is always a popular attraction at the Warrenton Hometown Christmas event each year. This year’s event last Friday was no exception.
“We went through about eight dozen cookies in about 10 minutes,” Calloway said.