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The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens lunch at the Bedford Historic Meeting House.
Hanging of the Greens is an old English tradition observed in many churches. It marks the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas. It got its name because of the green wreaths that were hung as decorations for the season. It marks the point when many churches put up their holiday decorations, leaving them up through Epiphany, which comes on Jan. 6 and marks the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.
The Historic Meeting House began as a Methodist Church in 1838. It still has its original organ and Mary Markham, a historical society member, plays Christmas music on it each year. Playing this 170-year-old instrument makes her a very busy musician. Along with playing, she must use foot pedals to pump the bellows that powers the instrument.
The lunch is an annual fundraiser for the society, providing some of the money it needs to pay for its projects. Saving the historic meeting house was one of the early projects.
This year, 85 people came to the lunch.