37th Malcolm Blue Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 14th &
Sunday, December 15th
1-4pm at the Historic Malcolm Blue Farmstead
Located at 1177 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
The public is invited to the Malcolm Blue Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th, 1pm – 4pm. The 1825 Malcolm Blue Farm House, included on the National Registry, is located at 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen, North Carolina. Activities include storytelling, popcorn stringing, making your own grapevine wreath to take home, baking, caroling, decorating the farmhouse and pioneer games for the children. There is no admission charge although donations are accepted and encouraged.
THE STONE SOUP CHILDRENS M– USEUM will be open with games and activities throughout both afternoons. One new exhibit is a program on the care of chickens and the nutritional value of eggs. Children can watch a metal toy hen laying eggs then go to farms own chicken coop. Pioneer games such as stilt walking and hoop rolling outside the museum in the meadow.
THE CLAYTON – BLAIR M– USEUM features a new exhibit, Glen Rounds – This is Your Life. Glen wrote and illustrated hundreds of children’s books during his life time. The exhibit depicts his life from the Badlands of South Dakota to New York City during The Depression to Southern Pines after serving in the United States Army. In the mid 1960’s he moved into the abandoned Malcolm Blue Farmhouse where observed nature and wrote Snake Tree. Many of Glen’s books will be available for children to read during the Christmas Open House.
Elizabeth Garner of Pinehurst, a storyteller, will be joined by Santa Mouse as she tells of his Christmas adventures. There will be three readings at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on December 14th and 15th.
In the farmhouse, Paula Caddell, Fran Brafford and friends will entertain with Folk Music and Christmas Carols asking guests to join in.
Let’s not forget the Heritage Holiday Foods, which will fill Mrs. Blue’s Dining Room Table, such as Persimmon Pudding, Ginger Snaps, Scottish Short Bread, Lemon Squares, Mulberry Tarts, Watermelon Preserves, Dried Cantaloupe, Raisons, Fudge, Salty Honey Pie, Brunswick Stew, Cornbread and Hot Cider.
The Christmas Open House provides visitors a glance into the past, when life and Christmas was much simpler in the Sandhills among its early settlers.