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Crafters and Chili Cooks Sought for Holiday Event at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Chili cook-off entries and craft boutique applications are now being accepted for the Antelope Valley Indian Museum’s eighth-annual “Holidays on the Homestead,” to be held on Saturday December 1st from 5 pm to 8 pm. The historical-themed fundraiser also features a cowboy poetry singer, cowboy coffee heated over a campfire, and homestead-era holiday décor throughout the museum grounds.  

All chili styles will be considered for the cook-off, and there is no registration fee. The chili cook-off event honors Rose Edwards, the wife of the museum’s builder, who was known for her chili and cornbread holiday feasts at their 1930’s homestead Christmas celebrations.  

The theme of the small indoor craft boutique is country-western and/or holiday items. Booths are $30.

For chili cook-off or craft booth information and applications, contact Jean Rhyne by November 26th at (661) 946-6900 or Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov.

Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum will host the 8th annual Holidays on the Homestead celebration on Saturday, December 1st from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  Originally a 1930’s homestead, the museum’s historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style and feature live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night, with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

Stay warm around the blazing campfire while cowboy-singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

The country craft boutique features unique gift ideas, made by local artists. The crafters carry on the artistic tradition of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to display his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. 

Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try the chili cook-off entries and Rose’s original 1930 Christmas Chili recipe, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. 

When: Saturday, December 1st
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Rain or Shine!

Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under free.

Annual Celebration

The museum hosts an American Indian Celebration annually on the third weekend of October. The celebration includes Native dancers, traditional Chumash stories, and Native artists and food.

For more information, phone the museum at (661) 946-3055, 711, TTY relay service.


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