Modern Traditions at the Moss Mansion
Year after year the Moss Mansion has provided great occasions for locals and guests from around the world to enjoy ‘the people’s mansion’ as a local historical treasure and cultural center. Proceeds from these events and fundraisers provide long-term funding and operational support to the independently funded, non-profit Moss Mansion Museum. These brief descriptions and links provide a quick glance at what the Moss has to offer each year and information about how you can participate!
Heritage Home Tour
Each May the Billings Preservation Society reaches out to local property owners in search of interesting buildings representative of classic architectural styles and periods. Volunteers are stationed at each location and provide a cornucopia of interesting facts and lore. Generous local sponsors throughout the community partner in producing this popular annual event. Tickets are available in April and May and include passes to each featured property and a guidebook with descriptions and background.
This juried art show, a longstanding tradition for our first Saturday of June, features high quality hand-crafted artwork created by regional artists and artisans in over fifty vendor booths on the beautiful Moss grounds. Hundreds of volunteers and generous local sponsors create a vibrant festival atmosphere where thousands enjoy a day of shopping, eating and activity outdoors in the first days of summer. The show is free to attend on the Moss Mansion grounds and includes food and drink booths, antiques, live entertainment and artist demonstrations.
APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2018 SHOW. Jurists make selections from the applications each March and announce their selections in April. It is a one-day show that attracts local shoppers and tourists from near and far. More information can be requested at email@example.com.
Traditionally set for the third Thursday in June, this outdoor ‘men’s night’ brings together high quality cigars, premium liquors, and a top-notch multi-course meal for a memorable evening on the Moss grounds. Tickets for this unique event sell out quickly (many reserve their tables year to year!) and the reviews are always raving.
Party for Preservation
This is an outdoor party of epic proportions. Set on the beautiful grounds of the Moss, the evening begins with cocktails and mingling around a silent auction and art sale while live music fills the air. A multi-course dinner is served under the grand tent, with a very energetic live auction and entertainment to follow. This major fundraiser is generously supported by local sponsors, scores of volunteers, and organized by the Billings Preservation Society Board of Directors and staff. Invitations are required and are obtained by reference or upon request. Donations and portions of purchases made at this event are tax deductible.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than honoring Melville’s fondness for trick-or-treaters and our natural curiosity. Our annual outdoor maze is as large and creepy as ever, and the theatrics inside the museum highlight the natural shadowy side of this grand mansion. Board members, local volunteers, and staff are dedicated to providing a memorable experience – with no guilt about the screams and nightmares! This is not pumpkins and scarecrows, it’s full-on haunted horror with plenty of dark humor stirred in. Bonus tours include the rarely-shared (and naturally cold and dark) third floor and the back patio/pavilion sports hot drink and snack booths for a festive atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to come in costume if they please, sponsors for this event are always welcome, and it’s only possible with dozens of volunteers.
The museum is at it’s most breathtaking and glorious during the Christmas season. Beginning on November 15 each year, Christmas Tree Tours feature magnificently decorated trees in each room. Local charities and businesses use our chosen theme to create stunning trees, and as the season unfolds guests vote on their favorites. The winning trees take home small cash prizes for their chosen charity as Best of Theme and People’s Choice.
Meanwhile, a variety of Christmas shows, tours, and parties warm the home with music, laughter, and fine cuisine. Daily and evening tours fold in details about Christmas traditions, Candlelight Tours add particular delight to several winter evenings, and docents and staff enjoy greeting all who brave the winter weather to visit this spectacular place. While we do close for the major holidays, our splendor is displayed through the first week of January.
Other Fundraisers and Events
Other fun and interesting things are happening throughout the year at the Moss. Murder Mystery dinners have become a popular occasion, and the Moss is a unique and stunning venue for weddings, private or corporate parties and meetings of all kinds. Specialty themed parties like The Steampunk Ball, Alice In Wonderland Tea, music presentations, and kids’ summer camps are just a few ways crowds enjoy our lovely mansion and gardens all spring and summer. Each year there are temporary exhibits and educational presentations, and our permanent displays and exhibits are updated so you will find the museum new and interesting on each and every visit!