The encore of Christmas and Candlelight at Historic Washington State Park on Saturday night will offer a series of musical offerings of the season, including some programs originally scheduled for the Dec. 7 performance cancelled because of a winter storm.
The encore of Christmas and Candlelight at Historic Washington State Park on Saturday night will offer a series of musical offerings of the season, including some programs originally scheduled for the Dec. 7 performance cancelled because of a winter storm. This will mark the 27th year that park staff and volunteers will open historic homes and other venues to take holiday visitors back in time at Christmas. Musical events for Saturday will begin at 5 p.m., with performances and venues throughout the park, according to Marketing Director Patricia Thomas. The evening will begin at the WPA era Gymnasium with the Hartley Family Band, of Arkadelphia, at 5 p.m., followed by Bryant High School Choir, at 6:30 p.m., and The Texarkana High School Choir, at 7:15 p.m. Soloist Brenda Westerbuhr will perform at the Royston House, accompanied by Trudy Gibson, both of Washington, beginning at 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. The Washington Methodist Church will feature the Mineral Springs Church of Christ Choir, at 5 p.m., followed by Sister Strings, of Caddo Gap, at 5:45 p.m., and Shelly Keith, Hope, at 6:30 p.m., with the Hempstead County Melody Boys, of Hope, concluding the program at 7:15 p.m. Performing at 5 p.m. at the Washington Baptist Church will be His Voice, of Nashville, followed at 5:45 p.m. by Mike Eudy, of Hope, at 5:45 p.m. and Sara Langston, of Emmet, at 6:30 p.m. In the Washington Presbyterian Church venue, the First Presbyterian Church, of Hope, will present the program at 5 p.m., followed by First Methodist Church Choir, of Hope, at 5:45 p.m., and Underwood and Friends, of Hope, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Williams Tavern Restaurant will feature music of the season by The Keiths, of Hope, from 5-6:15 p.m. Performances at the 1874 Court House begin at 5 p.m. with Sara Langston, of Emmet, followed by Dear Old Town Club Readings at 5:45 p.m., and music to be announced will follow at 6:30 p.m., followed by Dakail Ester and Friends, of Ozan, at 7:15 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archive Foundation in the WPA Gym from 3-8 p.m. The park will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but the luminaries will be lit at dusk, Thomas said. Tour venues will be adorned in 19th Century style Christmas decorations including natural handmade wreaths and swags tailored by park staff and volunteers, she said. Evening programming and tours begin at 1 p.m. “The famous William’s Tavern Restaurant Christmas Buffet will be served for both lunch and dinner, so you don’t have to miss out on that tasty tradition no matter what time you arrive for the event,” Thomas said. “Whether you choose to stroll the boardwalk streets or take a ride on the horse drawn surrey, you don’t want to miss bringing in the Christmas season the old fashion way with Historic Washington State Park.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12, plus tax, and may be purchased at a $1 discount when ordered prior to Dec. 7 from the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives by calling 870-983-2633. Tickets can be purchased at regular price at Historic Washington State Park on Saturday, Thomas said. Historical Washington State Park is located eight miles from Interstate 30 Exit 30 at Hope on U. S. Highway 278. For more information contact Historic Washington at 870-983-2684 or at HistoricWashington@Arkansas.com online.