THIS BEARY-CHEERFUL holiday gift basket, created and donated by Historical Society member Lillian Martin, is on display at Ryer’s, 162 Park St., where raffle tickets may be purchased to benefit Historical Society projects. A similar basket is on display at Brissonte, 157 Main St. (Maureen Doherty Photo)

NORTH READING — ’Tis the season for the annual Christmas Open House at the 1720 Rev. Daniel Putnam House!

Two weekends of Open Houses remain, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9–10 and 16 –17 during which members of the North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society will welcome guests to tour the Putnam House, which is decorated in Victorian Christmas splendor. They’ll also host North Reading-themed merchandise sales, with all proceeds benefitting the upkeep of the historic properties on the Putnam House grounds.

To come by for a tour or to purchase merchandise, please call 978-664-1066 and make an appointment. A member of the Society will be glad to meet with you at the Putnam House at 27 Bow Street.

Specific items available are listed on their website at

Special raffle baskets

In addition, Society member Lillian Martin has created two large holiday-themed raffle baskets, one located at Ryer’s Store, 162 Park St., and the other at Brissonte Gifts and Home Decor, 157 Main St., to benefit the Historical Society. Tickets may be purchased for $5 each for these baskets at each store and the raffle drawings will be made in time for holiday gift-giving! Venmo is accepted too.