Old Fashioned Country-Style Christmas at
“Holidays on the Homestead”
Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 14th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country holiday celebration! The museum, which was built as a homestead in the 1930’s, will feature a chili cook-off, country craft boutique, homestead-era holiday décor, and cowboy songs and poetry from out on the range performed around a blazing bonfire! Explore the unique hand-built museum and soft, warm lighting of the whimsical historic grounds, with the wintery night sky sparkling over the desert.
Traditional cowboy songs and poetry are tales of life on the range, composed by cattlemen during their journeys across the old west and passed on at the end of their long workdays around the campfire. Cowboy performer Michael Tcherkassky will be bringing the romantic imagery of this folk pastime to life under the stars! Michael, also known as “The Saddle Serenader”, has performed cowboy songs at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country for many years.
Artist and professional set designer Howard Arden Edwards built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts, and decorated the Craftsman-style building with colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. His talents are being recognized with a craft boutique of homemade country style items such as hand-spun and hand-knitted luxury alpaca yarn garments, clay jewelry and sculptures, found-object jewelry, hand-crafted gourmet chocolates, and American Indian-made Christmas decorations. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find one-of-a-kind gifts!
Howard’s wife Rose was known for her tasty chili and cornbread feasts at their 1930’s holiday celebrations. Her tradition returns with our chili cook-off! Sample the contestant’s delicious chili, with complementary cornbread and hot chocolate. Participants are being sought for the chili cook-off and craft booths; see information below.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. Only cash or checks will be accepted for event admission and boutique purchases. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which is helping to keep the museum open. Please come out for this special holiday event, rain or shine, and support the museum!
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum hosts an American Indian Celebration the first weekend of October every year.
For information, call the museum: 661-946-3055