The Old Fort Community Chorus will present their annual program on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Greenlee Baptist Church.

In addition, Mountain Gateway Museum will hold its open house Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m.

Since Saturday is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, there will be veterans recognition that evening at Greenlee Baptist. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Sunday’s program will feature the barber shop group Sh-Boom who will accompany the chorus, along with a variety of musical selections. The opening number will be accompanied by hand bells.

There will be two bluegrass selections with local musicians. Other selections that will be presented include traditional, contemporary, patriotic and swing.

Pianists are Howard Smith and Vicki Burton. Bluegrass musicians are Tim Allison, Elton Allison, Carson Gibson, Pat Thomas, George Ellis, Lydia Hamby and Hope Hamby. Soloists are Amelia Tipton, Abby Brooks, George Ellis, Chris and Savannah Allison.

Band members are Hope Hamby, Angie Dunkle, Jeremy Davis and Jodie Metcalf. Hand bell ringers are Lee Silver, Savannah Allison, David Hensley, Ron Springs, Rose Verlander, Mary Boswell, Jane Kelly, Kim Hensley and Suzette Clemmer.

Live music, free refreshments, and the lighting of memorial luminaries will be part of the festivities at Mountain Gateway Museum’s annual Christmas open house Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m.

Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum (FOTMGM) have been selling memorial Christmas luminaries throughout the community this fall as a fund-raiser for the museum’s Program Fund. Buyers could choose to memorialize a deceased person or honor someone living by having their names affixed to a luminary, according to a news release.

The luminaries will be placed on the museum’s front porch, gazebo, and atop the rock wall along Mill Creek and will be lighted about 5:30 p.m., following the town of Old Fort’s Christmas parade. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the Old Fort Elementary School and proceed up Catawba Avenue to East Main Street, ending at Samir’s Quick Stop.

After seeing Mountain Gateway Museum aglow on the outside, the public can come inside to warm up and see the festive holiday decorations, including a 9-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with natural and homemade ornaments.

Possum Creek, a local bluegrass band, will play from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and free hot coffee, apple cider, and cookies will be served in the museum’s lobby.

Located at 24 Water St. in Old Fort, Mountain Gateway Museum is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

In observance of Christmas, the museum will be closed Dec. 24-26. It also will be closed on New Year’s Day.

For more information, contact RoAnn Bishop or Brittany Bennett Joachim at Mountain Gateway Museum at 828-668-9259, roann.bishop@ncdcr.gov or brittany.bennett@ncdcr.gov.

The Old Fort Christmas Parade of Lights will be Saturday at 5 p.m. There is no preregistration. Lineup will start at 4 p.m. at the school. Everyone is encouraged to light their vehicles. The parade will take place regardless of the weather. Candy is allowed to be thrown. Jimmie Harris will be the grand marshal.

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