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Frieda Pettijohn, who is portraying Grandma Riley, Margaret Slick Riley, will be performing Saturday during Christmas at the Riley Home. (Photo provided)

Christmas at the Riley Home.

When: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

Where: James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home, 250 W. Main St., Greenfield

Admission: $4 for adults, $1.50 for children 17 and under.

How to get in: To avoid waiting, reservations will be required; call the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department at (317) 477-4340.


GREENFIELD — Ever wonder about James Whitcomb Riley’s old Aunt Mary, the central character he wrote so lovingly about visiting in “Old Aunt Mary’s?”

If you want the true scoop on Riley’s good aunt, visit the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home in Greenfield Saturday to talk to her personally.

The local, real-life characters behind Mary, Little Orphant Annie, the Hired Girl and others from Riley’s family will be living, breathing and sharing their stories at this year’s Christmas at the Riley Home, which brings Riley’s life and times alive for the holidays.

 “This year, we have the ghosts of Christmas past coming to the Riley Home,” Riley Home hostess Brigette Jones said. “And they were all real people. We have research at the home about who these people really were.”

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