George Kell Motors is having a food drive during the month of December for the Wardell "Poppy" Pennington Memorial Food Pantry in Newport to restock from the holidays. Canned goods and other non-perishable food items not dented and in date will be collected at George Kell Motors during regular business hours. For more info, call (870) 523-2792.
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Old Independence Regional Museum’s
10th Annual Old Fashioned Family Christmas Party
will feature Carols, Cookies, & Crafts
Old Independence Regional Museum will host its 10th Annual Old Fashioned Family Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9th, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Admission is free for this event, but donations are always appreciated. “We envision an old fashioned Christmas as one where families come together to enjoy the sights, sounds and traditions of the season. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages and hope that generations of families will come out and make some Christmas memories,” stated Terri Crawford, Humanities Educator.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make the journey down from the North Pole and will be available from 11 am till 1pm, to visit with little boys and girls. Parents are welcome to bring a camera and take photos. Morley Family Magic will be entertaining visitors as well with their balloon animal creations.
Museum guests are invited to visit stations throughout the museum where volunteers and staff members will be on hand to help decorate cookies and make Christmas ornaments. A variety of ornaments will be available to make this year including several traditional favorites like salt dough ornaments.
Christmas carols will fill the air while guests are visiting the museum. Ed Casper, a local accordion player, will be strolling through the museum, from 10 till noon, playing his accordion.
The museum gift shop will be open during the event. “Santa’s Helpers” will be on hand to assist children in gift selection for parents, grandparents, and siblings. Free gift wrapping will accompany gift purchases. The gift shop carries books and toys, as well as a variety of educational, local and handcrafted items, many of which are priced for small pockets.
This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.
Old Independence is a regional museum serving a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820’s Arkansas territory.