Saturday, December 9, 2017, noon-3 p.m. celebrate an “1860 Coastal Christmas” at the Ocean View Historical Complex, 39 Central Ave., with the festive decorations, sounds, smells, and tastes of winters gone by. FREE to all with plenty of parking in the Ocean View town parking lots surrounding the John West Park. The freshly painted 1860 Tunnell-West House will be decorated with holly, pine, and seashells, as was the custom in Civil War times. John Tunnell, who built the Tunnell-West house, had two sons who fought in the Civil War. Thus, in keeping with the home’s history, Ty Magliola, a Civil War soldier impersonator will “return home” for the holiday. Also in period dress will be mandola player Len Wolek who has generously provided vintage sounds of the season for several years of Christmas Open Houses, always receiving accolades. Guests will have an opportunity to try their hand at making a take-home Christmas swag from fresh, local, greenery and seashells, with instruction from Historical Society docents. Kids will be able to make a seashell Christmas craft or ornament to take home. The keeping room’s dining table will be laden with Christmas cookies and sweets that would have been served in1860, and warm cider and egg nog are likely to be offered up as well.