Ole Mountain Christmas, a favorite holiday event held in Old Fort during the 1980s and 1990s, is returning this year on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8.
Featuring hearty, home-cooked meals served by various community groups inside one of Mountain Gateway Museum’s late-1800s log cabins, this event recalls the spirit of Christmases past with oilcloth-covered tables, light from flickering oil lamps and the warmth of a fire in the cabin’s rock fireplace.
The event also serves as a fund-raiser. Five local groups are participating in this year’s event. All proceeds will be used to support the charity or service organization of each group’s choice, according to a news release.
Ole Mountain Christmas will consist of three meals: dinner on Friday evening (Dec. 7), lunch on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8), and dinner on Saturday evening (Dec. 8). However, a choice of seatings (in other words times) will be offered for each meal. There will be a 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. seating for dinner on Friday; an 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. seating for lunch on Saturday; and a 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. seating for dinner on Saturday.
Tickets will be sold, in advance, for a specific seating. Each ticket will be collected at the door of the cabin and be valid only for the day and time shown on the ticket.
The 1880s-era Morgan cabin, originally built in the Glenwood community of McDowell County and moved to Mountain Gateway Museum’s grounds in the mid-1970s, can only accommodate 24 people per seating, so tickets are limited. Also, ticket prices will vary, as will the menu for each group, according to the news release.
Below are each group’s scheduled meal time, menu, and contact information for Ole Mountain Christmas ticket sales:
5 p.m. seating Friday, Dec. 7: Old Fort First Baptist Church will serve pinto beans, cabbage, cornbread, cobbler and a beverage. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Cathy Moore at 281-798-9575.
6 p.m. seating Friday, Dec. 7: H.E.A.L., the Old Fort Community Forum’s Healthy Eating/Active Living group, will serve pinto beans, coleslaw, cobbler and a beverage. Tickets are $8 each. Proceeds will be used to support Old Fort Elementary School’s Weekend Backpack Food program. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Toni Hollenbeck at 828-668-6303.
11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. seatings Saturday, Dec. 8: The Asheville YMCA will provide food for each of the three seatings at lunch on Saturday. The menu will be black-bean chili, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, whole-grain bread, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Nutrition Outreach programs. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Lauren Furgiuele at 828-575-2939.
5 p.m. seating Saturday, Dec. 8: True Holiness Fellowship Church in Old Fort will serve a barbecue plate with pulled-pork barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, hush puppies, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $12 each. Proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the church’s children. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Leandra Lavender at 828-668-9766.
6 p.m. and 7 p.m. seatings Saturday, Dec. 8: Top Fuel Grill in Old Fort will serve homemade vegetable beef soup, cornbread, cobbler and a beverage at each seating. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will be used to support McDowell Cheer Masters. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Donita Plemmons at 828-460-3399.
Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center is located at 24 Water Street in Old Fort, just a quarter-mile off Interstate 40 at Exit 73. The historic Morgan cabin is located behind the rock museum building, along the banks of Mill Creek.
A regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, the museum is the westernmost facility in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Division of State History Museums. Its mission is to teach people about the rich history and cultural heritage of the state’s mountain region, from its original inhabitants through early settlement and into the 20th century. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
For more information about Mountain Gateway Museum, contact RoAnn Bishop at 828-668-9529.