The Museum of Appalachia would like to invite you to start a new family tradition, by celebrating the simple joys of gathering around the table with friends and family. On Sunday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Museum will offer one of the things it does best, cook and prepare a Southern Bountiful Feast. Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplins’, savory roast beef, sweet potato casserole, candy apple salad, Elaine’s Favorite Grape Salad, Deviled eggs, Iron Skillet Cornbread are just a few of the southern dishes that will be offered in the Museum’s Heritage Hall. During the Feast, enjoy Christmas music and carols sung by the open hearth.
After lunch, venture out on the grounds with an old-fashioned wagon ride, where you can enjoy the resourceful, practical and natural decorations of the Appalachian people throughout the Museum’s Village. Cabins are decorated in pioneer style, recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday, with cedar Christmas trees draped with paper chains, popcorn strings, dried red peppers, sweet gum and sycamore balls. Special holiday exhibits include the Children’s Display in the Hall of Fame, with toys and furniture made by loving parents and grandparents and Granny Irwin’s traditional Christmas Crazy Quilt.
Head back inside to warm up by the fire with hot cider, enjoy sitting around the Christmas tree and join in singing songs of the season. Check gifts off the Christmas list by shopping for unique, regionally handcrafted items in the Museum’s Gift Shop.
For those seeking that perfect gift and a way to support the Museum all wrapped in to one, Museum memberships are available, providing a year of unlimited Museum visits, discounts on special events, and other benefits. As an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum will include a Smithsonian Membership in the Museum membership.
While the Southern Bountiful Feast is only served on December 16, visitors may enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmas in Old Appalachia from December 1 through 24. Please call the Museum at 865-494-7680 for the Christmas Gathering. Reservations are strongly suggested.
The Museum of Appalachia is a non-profit organization, aimed at preserving the artifacts and culture of an earlier time for the benefit of future generations; and to instill in the community – regionally, nationally and internationally – a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the Appalachian heritage. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day in December except for Christmas Day. It is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of 1-75, exit 122.
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Date: Dec 6, 2013
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