Heritage Center to host Christmas memories event

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host its second Smoky Mountain Christmas Memories event Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the center in Townsend.

“We look forward to celebrating the Christmas season with our visitors and volunteers,” said Bob Patterson, center director. “We welcome everyone to enjoy these beautiful period decorations, live music, refreshments and the center itself throughout the weekend.”

Blount County garden clubs will decorate the center’s main lobby and two of the outbuildings in styles reminiscent of the 1800’s. Tuckaleechee Garden Club will decorate Cardwell Cabin for the second year in a row, and Sunrise Garden Club will again decorate Montvale Station. Alcoa Garden Club is participating for the first year and will decorate the lobby in the center’s main building. Smoky Mountain Garden Club is donating poinsettias for the event.

The center will host a member-only event on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include live music and special appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Refreshments will be available.

During the day on Friday and Saturday, Inez Adams, a Maryville resident who was born in Cades Cove, will show visitors how to make paper flowers.

On Saturday morning, Debra Lonsdale and Southern Kids in Theater (S.K.I.T) will present a workshop for children ages 8 through 18. No theater experience is necessary. There will be an on stage performance by workshop participants. The workshop performance will be followed by a special presentation featuring S.K.I.T. members. To participate in the workshop and performance, call Kathy Prince at the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or e-mail kathy.gsmhc@yahoo.com

Smoky Mountain Christmas Memories is made possible by the GSM Heritage Center, GSM Heritage Center Guild, Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, Barry and Jeanie VanWinkle, Jeannie Anderson and Apple Valley Farms.

Activities during the three-day event are free to the public, including the children’s theater workshop. The Friday evening event is limited to members of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. For more information, including times and a schedule of music performers, visit the center’s Web site at www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

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