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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events

By Katie M

Happy Holidays, Smarties! Are you looking for a way to unplug this weekend? Then consider a trip to the High Point Museum, located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave. in High Point. We are happy to dedicate today’s post to this wonderful museum which will be full of activities this weekend – the kind of activities that let you escape from the daily hustle and bustle we all tend to get caught in.

Come out and experience candle dipping and blacksmith demonstrations in the historic park. Or, tour the Museum to view exhibits that trace the history of High Point, famous High Pointers, High Point companies, and High Point’s Furniture Heritage. Venture outside to tour three historic buildings – the 1786 John Haley House (the oldest house in Guilford County), the 1801 Hoggatt House, and a blacksmith shop. In the Hoggatt House, visitors learn how to light up dark days of winter by making a candle. In the 1800’s, candles were a necessity and were made with tallow or beeswax. Their costumed interpreters will show you how to make your own for just $1 per candle (free for members). Then wander over to the blacksmith shop and watch the costumed blacksmith in action as he crafts various iron pieces.

All ages are welcome to these drop-in events. The Historic Park is open Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. For more information call the Museum at 885-1859 or visit Admission to the Museum is free. We hope to see you there.

Now keep reading to find out about the rest of the weekend's holiday events! Enjoy!

Museum Shop Holiday Sale
Friday, December 18 from 10:00am to 4:30pm
Museum of Anthropology, Wingate Road (in WFU), W-S
Find the perfect holiday gift! During this sale, the MOA Shop will feature holiday decorations and gifts from around the world. MOA Friends receive a 25% discount on purchases over $5.00, while other patrons will receive a 15% discount.

Discount Friday: The Polar Express
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
Select Friday nights each month when admission into the Museum is $3/person! Under 1 and educators FREE!

A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 18
High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., HP
Cost: $14; regular performances, adults, $31; children, $23. Showtimes vary per date. Complete show scedule on web site.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
The Odeon Theatre, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO
Presented by the Community Theatre of Greensboro, this holiday tale features the horrible Herdman children learning the true meaning of Christmas. $10-$25.

Christmas Castle Holiday Trail
Open nightly 6-9 p.m.
Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Drive, Jamestown
See a Christmas Castle, Elfland, specialty crafts and gifts for sale, and Santa Claus all along a lighted trail. Adults, $13; children, $7; ages 2 and under, free.

Sealy/Fox8 Holiday Concert
Friday, December 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO
Holiday music performed by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Free with donation of canned food for Salvation Army.

Public Skating Sessions
Greensboro Ice House, 6119 Landmark Center Blvd, GSO
Fridays - 7:30-10:30pm
Saturdays - 1:30-4:00pm
Sundays - 1:30-4:00pm
Come out to the Greensboro Ice House for ice skating fun! Weekday Sessions are our cheap skate sessions. Admission and skate rental are just $6. Weekend Sessions are Fri. night -Sun. *Ages 13 and up are $6 + $3 skate rental *Ages 4-12 are $5 + $3 skate rental Lunch time skating for adults! Adults 18 and up can come skate every Mon., Tues., and Thurs. from 12:00-1:00pm. Admission for this 1 hour session is just $2. If you do not have skates you may rent them for an additional $3.

Saturday at Greensboro Children’s Museum
Polar Express Train Day at GCM!
Saturday, December 19, 9am – 5pm
Take a magical ride on the Polar Express at the Greensboro Children’s Museum! Children are invited to come dressed in their pjs and enjoy special story time, model train activities, arts, crafts and winter wonderland fun. Free with admission/membership.

An Evening With Santa
Saturday, December 19, 5pm – 7pm
This is a special evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Event includes dinner and family photo with Santa, making gingerbread houses, arts, crafts and fun in the Museum. Mrs. Claus will be reading the Polar Express. Ticket cost for adults and children $10. Call 336-574-2898 to reserve your ticket. Children under 2 – free.

Land of the Sweets
Saturday, December 19 from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hayworth Fine Arts Center,High Point University campus, HP
Offered by High Point Ballet, this program is designed especially for younger children. The show lasts approximately one hour. Children are also invited to come one hour prior to the performance to meet “The Nutcracker” characters, have souvenir photos taken and participate in themed activities. Cost: $22.

Christmahannukwanzikah Storytime
Saturday, December 19 at 11 am
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S
Celebrate all the holidays this season as storytime. Free with museum admission of $

Portraits of Christmas: The Nativity & Popular Figures
Tuesday- Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, 101 W. Green Drive, HP
View an exhibit of 50 Renaissance nativity figures, plus a popular collection of Steinbach nutcracker Christmas figures. Adults, $5; ages 6-15, $2.50; under 6, free.

Salem Christmas
Saturday, December 19 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Old Salem, W-S
Celebrate at Old Salem with an entire day of holiday activities for all ages. Enjoy an evening of candlelit buildings and a special celebration on Salem Square. Adults, $21; ages 6-16, $10.

Santa Train
Saturday, December 19
Saturday Train Rides: 10 a.m., 10:45, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday Train Rides: 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer
A 25-minute train ride with Santa and his elves, classic Christmas tales and holiday crafts in the Roundhouse. Santa hands out oranges and candy canes, a Southern Railway tradition. $7; under 2, free (if riding on adult's lap only).

Gingerbread Houses in Creation Station
Greensboro Children’s Museum
Sunday, December 20, all day
Stop by Creation Station to make your very own Gingerbread House!
Free with admission/membership.

A Christmas Memory
Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, W-S
Truman Capote’s story performed by Robin Voiers in an original adaptation. Members, $8; non-members, $12.

Children's Workshop: Making Beaded Icicles
Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m.
Burlington Outlet Village, Burlington

Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 20 at 6 p.m.
New Hope Presbyterian Church and Community Center, 2570 Harper Road, Clemmons
Family activities, a special Christmas pageant “Unto Us,” Christmas carols, a hot chocolate bar and Christmas confections. Free.

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Catherine said...

We went to the Santa Train in Spencer last year. My toddler really enjoyed it!

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