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A Cooperstown Victorian Christmas Experience –
Antique Tin Ornament Making Package 2013

Cooperstown is an idyllic setting for a Victorian Christmas Experience.  Join The Inn at Cooperstown and Bill and Janet Rigby for a once in a lifetime “Tin Christmas Ornament” making package.Tin Ornaments

Gustav Mayer (1845-1918) immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1858. Mayer was trained in the confectioner’s trade and is the creator of the sugar wafer. He was also an entrepreneur and inventor.  Mayer is widely known as the designer of molds from which printed biscuits or wafers were fashioned.  Many of the molds are still used by larger baking and biscuit firms today.  In the late 1800s Christmas ornaments became chic and entrepreneurs like Mayer began making them.  Gustav opened a shop in Staten Island, New York to make “Sparkling Brilliant Ornaments” designed to hang on trees and shimmer in the candle light.  Made of tin and lead, the ornaments were often painted in bright, translucent colors to make them appear to be studded with gems.  Today the original Mayer tin ornaments are highly collectable.  This package will provide you with the opportunity to make your own tin ornaments following the same process that Mayer did.  This is a terrific way to create a new holiday tradition for your family complete with some original, keepsake ornaments for your tree.

In the late 1970s Bill and Janet Rigby acquired the original, antique tin ornament making molds from the Mayer family.  Bill will take you through the history of the molds and Gustav Mayer.   He will then demonstrate how the molds are used in making the base ornament and will solder the hook onto the ornament.  You will be able to trim the excess tin and custom decorate the ornaments as you like.Gustav Mayer Tin Molds

During your visit to Cooperstown you will have free time to enjoy holiday festivities put on at the various museums and attractions.  A list of suggested options is provided below.

Please note this package is limited to a maximum of 10 participants so call now to reserve your spot.

Package includes:

  • Two nights lodging with breakfast at The Inn at Cooperstown.
  • History and demonstration of production of antique tin ornaments.
  • Hands-on experience of trimming and custom decorating your choice of three tin ornaments.
  • Additional ornaments can be purchased separately at a discount of 15%.
  • 5% discount coupon for Nicoletta’s Italian Café.
  • 10% discount coupon at Tin Bin Alley.
  • 10% discount coupon at Little Bo’tique.

Package date: Friday December 6th / Saturday December 7th



3:30pm or later

Check-in at The Inn at Cooperstown

Enjoy dinner at one of many restaurants within walking distance of the inn


8:00am- 9:30am

Enjoy breakfast at The Inn at Cooperstown

10:00am - 1:00pm

Tin ornament making workshop


Mulled cider, coffee, hot chocolate and homemade Christmas cookies will be served during the workshop

1:00pm & later

Free time to take in Cooperstown museums, attractions and holiday events (see some suggested options below)


8:00am- 9:30am

Enjoy Breakfast at The Inn at Cooperstown



Package Price:

Premium Suite*
Luxury Suite*


Prices do not include tax.
*Double occupancy

For additional family members or other scenarios not mentioned please call the inn at 800-437-6303 to discuss options and pricing.

Suggested Activities for Free Time in Cooperstown

  • Visit the Fenimore Art Museum which will be decorated in holiday splendor
  • Take in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill, will be holding Wassailing Weekend from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Cooperstown Art Association will have their annual holiday member show and sale, a great place to shop for unique gifts
  • Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in their cute cottage at Pioneer Park on Main Street

Make a Reservation 1-800-437-6303
Please reserve a spot for what will be a truly unforgettable and unique visit to Cooperstown by calling The Inn at Cooperstown toll free at 1-800-437-6303.

Cancellation Policy
If a reservation is changed, in whole or in part, a processing fee of $25 per room will be charged. When notice of a cancellation is provided more than 14 days in advance of the arrival date, a full refund less the processing fee will be made. When notice of a cancellation is provided fewer than 14 days from the arrival date, a refund is subject to re-rental of the reserved room without loss to The Inn at Cooperstown.

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Cooperstown, NY 13326
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