Dip pretzels in melted chocolate, create a corn husk doll, and operate model trains at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.
The Trails Center’s annual “Holiday on the Homestead” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The festival will feature holiday music, pioneer demonstrations, along with a variety of activities.
The festival is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and families of Natrona County.
“Holiday on the Homestead is a community holiday celebration,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “We are offering a variety of family-oriented, educational and fun activities.”
The following is a list of activities for the event:
· Operate a model train
All aboard! The Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association will assist folks in the operation of four model railroads. The model trains represent coal powered trains and steam locomotives.
· Make a corn husk doll
Emigrant children on the trails often made their own dolls. Create your own unique corn husk doll. Materials provided, while supplies last.
· Create an ornament
Decorate ornaments for your Christmas tree. Materials provided, while supplies last.
· Visit the Prairie Sweet Shop
Stop by the Prairie Sweet Shop and make your own chocolate treats. A Trails Center pioneer reenactor will melt the chocolate in Dutch ovens. While supplies last.
· Take family photos in pioneer clothes
Dress up in pioneer clothes for old-time, family photos. A pioneer reenactor and professional photographer will assist families in dressing up in traditional pioneer clothing for photographs. Participants must provide a digital camera for photos.
· Carve a snow flake
Visit the snowflake station, and cut out your own paper snowflake. Designs will decorate the Trails Center’s lobby.
· Ana, Rachel and Friends
Local musical group Ana, Rachel and Friends will present traditional holiday string music in the theater at 10:00 a.m.
· Casper College Clarinet Ensemble
Enjoy holiday selections by the Casper College Clarinet Ensemble under the leadership of Dr. Jerome Fleg, instructor of woodwinds at Casper College. The students will perform at 11:00 a.m.
· Play pioneer parlor games
During Pioneer days, parlor games were played at social gatherings. Learn how to play 20 Questions and the Dumb Orator.
· Hang out with Seymour!
The BLM mascot Seymour Antelope will make an appearance. Seymour raises awareness about the importance of connecting children and families with nature and public lands.
For more information about “Holiday on the Homestead,” contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.