High Point Museum plans annual Holiday Open House

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 02:25 PM

The High Point Museum will usher in the holiday season this weekend with its 30th annual Holiday Open House.
The open house, featuring special re-enactments, music, demonstrations, hands-on activities and refreshments, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, which is located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
“This is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Edith Brady, museum director. “It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”
The Montileu Elementary Children’s Choir will perform, and the museum’s collections staff will be available to answer questions about preserving personal collections. In addition, children will be able to make a holiday craft.
Former museum director Barbara Taylor will be signing copies of her book, “High Point,” which was recently published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its “Images of America” series. The book showcases the rich manufacturing and community history of High Point, illustrating how local residents have worked, played, learned, worshiped and celebrated over time.
In the historical park, adjacent to the museum, there will be weaving, spinning and blacksmithing demonstrations, as well as historic games and candle-dipping.
Visitors can learn about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier from the Guilford Militia, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group. In the 1786 Haley House, visitors will enjoy listening to old-fashioned holiday music played on dulcimers. The High Point Museum Guild will offer cider and cookies in the Hoggatt House.
The High Point Museum Store will be open, too, selling a variety of local merchandise including Seagrove pottery, jewelry, books, miniature furniture, games, puzzles, novelties, T-shirts and CDs. Free gift wrap and gift certificates will be available. Proceeds from store purchases support the ongoing acquisition, care and preservation of museum artifacts and other special museum projects.
Admission to the Holiday Open House and all of the activities is free.
For more information, call the museum at 885-1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org.