Drennen-Scott hosts open house

A Victorian Christmas open house will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Drennen-Scott House, a part of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith at 222 N. Third St. in Van Buren.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The historic house dates to the early 1830s and the site is linked to the Trail of Tears, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War.

Poteau parade slated

An Old Tyme Christmas is the theme for the Poteau Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday along Dewey Avenue in Poteau. There will be an ornament decorating event for children from 4-5 p.m. at the LeFlore County Museum, and the Poteau High School Victorian Singers will sing carols before the parade.

Parade registration and check-in will be from 3-5 p.m.

Museum to host open house

The Fort Smith Museum of History will host its annual Open House event from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the museum, 320 Rogers Ave. The event features cookies, hot chocolate, free museum admission and more. Those attending will learn about the city's history and can shop at the museum's gift shop for unique gifts such as locally made wooden toys; hand-crafted pottery by Peter Lippincott, Rod Hannaman and Sonja Ayres; locally made Nantucket baskets by the Wright Weave; signed and numbered Bass Reeves prints by Harold T. Holden; and a selection of local and regional history books.

For information, call 783-7841 or visit www.fortsmithmuseum.org.

Clayton House celebrates Christmas

The Clayton family will host its Christmas Open House from 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 514 N. Sixth St. in Fort Smith. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods for a food pantry and donations toward the upkeep of the historic house museum are welcome.

The restored, circa 1882 Victorian mansion was the home of the chief prosecutor of Judge Isaac C. Parker’s court.

Guests will find the home beautifully decorated with a white winter wonderland theme. Activities will include Christmas music played on the 1884 orchestral square grand piano in the drawing room by history enthusiast and musician Marion Laird.

Cookies and punch will be served in the formal dining room. A Victorian Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes and pose for photographs in the sitting room. At 2:00 p.m., members of the Fort Smith Chorale will perform carols and Christmas hymns in the formal parlor. Crafts taking place in the servant quarters will include lace candy cane tree ornaments and fanciful Victorian fans.

Re-enactors of the nine-member Clayton family, who lived in the home from 1882 to 1897, will serve punch and lead guests to the various activities. The Clayton family included U.S Attorney Wm. H. H. Clayton and his wife, Florence, and their six daughters and one son. The family’s close friends, Judge and Mrs. Isaac C. Parker, will also visit with guests.

Call 783-3000 or visit www.claytonhouse.org for information.