Frontier Christmas

Mike Cowden strings holiday lights around greenery in front of the Iron Gate Antique Shop Tuesday. The village of Old Washington is getting ready for its annual Frontier Christmas this weekend.

Frontier Christmas, historic Old Washington's annual salute to the holidays, will celebrate its 51st year, Dec. 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday.

Events get underway at 10 a.m., on Saturday with carriage rides available throughout the day. Also on the agenda for the day: candle-dipping at Mefford's Fort, silversmithing at the Artists Guild, and painting at the Winding Book Gallery.

The village's antique and craft shops, along with vendors set up for the occasion will be open for business both days, offering a variety of items from cream candy to fresh greenery for decorating. The William Goforth House will hold an open house from noon-5 p.m., with artist-in-residence Ken Swinson offering Christmas card printing.

The Shepherd's House Choir will offer Christmas music for visitors as will carolers strolling the village streets. from 1-2 p.m. The Gunpowder Creek group will play from 2-3 p.m., and the man himself, Santa Claus is set to visit from 2-4 p.m.

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Things get started at 11 a.m., Sunday with music by Honeysuckle Sounds featuring the dulcimer and autoharp from 1-3 p.m. Mrs. Claus and her Elf helper will be at Washington Hall from 2-4 p.m. with strolling carolers also on hand for the celebration along with Santa Claus. The Shepherd's House Choir and the Dulcimer Dames will perform from 2-3 p.m. at the Harriett Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum with the traditional Vesper Services at 4 p.m., at the Old Church Museum. Rev. Debbie Horn will deliver the message with music by the Word of Life Christmas Choir and the Mason County Intermediate School Choir.

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