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Wed, Feb. 26

Sharlot Hall Museum sets Frontier Christmas Open House

Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley, will help Arizona's Christmas City welcome in the holiday season when it presents its annual Frontier Christmas Open House on Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. immediately following the Courthouse Lighting ceremony in downtown Prescott.

"Christmas-past" will come alive for guests as the Museum puts on its holiday finest, including festive luminarias, seasonal entertainment, holiday traditions, costumed greeters and Christmas fare representative of Arizona's territorial past.

The $2 admission (Museum members and children are free) gives access to the Museum's finely decorated historic buildings, period seasonal music, hot cider and homemade cookies, a Christmas tree with vintage decorations, and engaging stories of yesteryear. Sharlot's Timeless Treasures, the Museum gift shop in the beautiful Victorian Bashford House, will be open until 8 p.m. with a wondrous selection of holiday gifts. Shoppers will enjoy tea while browsing the store's treasures.

\Highlighting the evening's entertainment will be local musicians Doug & Kenny, performing a mix of period Christmas music on stage on the Blue Rose Theater. They will be on stage 6-6:45 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m.

The homemade holiday cookies being prepared by German baker Clayton Langehag will be served with hot apple cider by the roaring fire in the historic Sharlot Hall Building. Turn-of-the-century toys and a period holiday table will be on display in this building.

Meanwhile in the iconic Territorial Governor's Mansion, Museum Curator Mick Woodcock will lead a group of living history interpreters as they decorate a frontier Christmas tree. They will be using ornament designs based on Sharlot Hall's writings, which include recollections of pioneers who had seen the first tree in the Governor's Mansion in 1866.

Across the way in the Museum's Fremont House, history interpreter Patty Conrad will transport visitors to the 19th Century with stories and reminiscences of days gone by. Over in the historic Fort Misery log cabin, Todd Webber will portray legendary mountain man, Paulino Weaver, educating and entertaining visitors with history and survival skills relevant to the times.

Throughout the evening the museum's costumed hosts and hostesses will be available to regale guests with tales of past Christmas traditions and Arizona's earliest days.

For more information about Sharlot Hall Museum's Frontier Christmas Open House, call Kristen Densmore at 445-3122 or visit the Museum's website at

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