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Celebrate holidays with magical miniatures & dollhouses

Special to the Courier

The holidays are a magical time, and the Frontier Times Museum is featuring a seasonal exhibit that offers a glimpse into the enchanted world of miniatures.

On display are eight "dollhouses," belonging to Patty Callahan Adamson of Bandera. The diminutive displays include a tearoom, chuck wagon, sheik's tent, perfumery, mercantile store, Western wear store and two traditional post-World War II tin dollhouses. Each elaborate scene is completely outfitted with tiny accessories that will delight the child in everyone. As just one example, imagine rows of teapots, each about the size of an acorn!
"Patty Adamson's miniature vignettes bring the spirit of Christmas alive," said Museum Director Rebecca Norton. "Your imagination comes alive looking into each scene and seeing the life-like miniatures. The dollhouses from the 1950s are my favorite. I remember having doll furniture just like that in my doll house."
Adamson has been working with miniatures most of her life. "My obsession with miniatures started in childhood, and I have been a serious collector, designer, builder, workshop taker and teacher for more than 40 years," she said.
"My Granny Callahan had a cardboard box filled with tiny items, including Cracker Jack prizes, tiny books and little toys. We played with this box of goodies when we would visit her," Adamson explained. "During my childhood, I played outside and built lots of playhouses and tree houses, using sticks and rocks and whatever I could find."
She continued, "Miniatures have contributed so much happiness to my life. I firmly believe that everyone should have a hobby of some kind. We all need an escape hatch into a world where we can leave our cares behind for a little while."
The miniature dollhouses and displays will be on exhibit at the museum through the holidays until Jan. 4.
The Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, in Bandera, is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. It will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, ages 65 years and older; and $2 for children ages six to 17. Children under age six are admitted free. Telephone is 830-796-3864.