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WRRM holding Christmas Open House Saturday

WRRM open house mathewsBy MELINDA WILLIAMS



Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Newbern invites the public to stop by Saturday for a tour, music, a book signing and living history presentations as it opens its doors 2-4 p.m. for a Christmas Open House.

The Newbern Choristers will perform during the free event, recreating a Newbern Christmas from 1810, the year Newbern was founded. Led by John White of Pulaski, the Choristers are Jim and Jeanne Cox, David Ferrell, James Harman and Donna Surber.

The Choristers’ program of 19th century and earlier music will include the songs “All My Heart this Night Rejoices,” Deck the Halls,” “Love Came Down at Christmas,” and “A Great and Mighty Wonder.”

For those who would like to take home some local history and literature, local historian Lloyd Mathews will be selling and signing three of his books, including “Poems for Rainy Nights,” a collection of poetry; “The History of the Pulaski Railway Station;” and “Pulaski County, Virginia: An Historic and Descriptive Sketch, 1907-2007.”

Mathews is best known for his historical column, “Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews,” which has appeared in The Southwest Times since March 7, 1977.

Museum interns Caitlyn Parker and Austin Addair, dressed in period attire, will take visitors on a tour of the museum’s new permanent exhibit “Into the Wilderness.” They also will provide a historical interpretation of the Christmas season, inviting guests to make pomander balls and clove-studded oranges.

WRRM’s shop will be open to allow visitors to pick up some special Christmas gifts. Then they can enjoy some mulled cider and Christmas treats served from the “groaning board” in the museum’s Adam Hance room.