Palace Intrigue

Palace Intrigue

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The pandemic is effectively over, as anyone venturing out lately has noticed.

Yet its effects linger on. Organized in advance of our current relaxed state of affairs, half of this year’s Christmastime crèches at the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center utilize the stage-setting from last year’s, positioning mostly new pieces from the museum’s collection between walls still painted with twinkling, rolling desert night skies.

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The other half of the show, however, is more knight than night. A castle-like interior evokes the Great Hall at Pennsylvania’s Glencairn Museum, which loaned many of the pieces on display. The McGivney Center enlisted North Haven-based Petra Construction to achieve the effect, turning wood, fiberboard and backlit plexiglass panels printed with actual stained-glass motifs from Glencairn into a space that’s both broadly and narrowly immersive.

Want to experience the next best thing to Christmas in a castle? Take a look at our photos, then check out Christmas in the Castle.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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