First Posted: 11/25/2009
PINNACLE Those longing for a return to the Christmas of yesteryear can make a reservation to attend the Christmas By Lamplight program at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm on Dec. 1 or 3.
This program gives people a taste of a rural turn-of-the-century Christmas celebration. By the glow of firelight and lamplight in the Hauser farmhouse, guests can rotate between four different rooms dedicated to different Christmas activities.
Its very simple, but people really enjoy it, noted Lisa Turney, site manager for Horne Creek Farm.
In one room, participants will sing Christmas carols. A volunteer will read the Christmas Story and Twas the Night Before Christmas in another room. People can learn about the origins of Christmas customs in one room, and another room will offer the opportunity to make Christmas crafts.
The event will culminate in a meal of traditional 1900-era food, which people can eat outside in enclosed tents. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Each program will be held four times a day and will last one hour each. Times for the programs are 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.
Availability is limited, so people must make reservations to participate. Turney said some time slots are already filled. A maximum of 60 people will be registered for each time slot.
This program is very popular, said Turney.
The site manager said many people return year after year for the program. Christmas By Lamplight has been taking place for seven or eight years.
The cost for the program is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for children 5 and younger.
To make reservations, call 325-2298 Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If calling on this Thursday or Friday, leave a message and a staff member will return your call.
Horne Creek Farm is an agency of the Division of N.C. Historic Sites and is under the Department of Cultural Resources. The farm is located off of U.S. 52. To get there, take the Pinnacle exit, 129, off of 52 and follow the state historic signs.
For more information, call Horne Creek at 325-2298, e-mail at [email protected], or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/horne.