The Antelope Valley Indian Museum in Lancaster will host its 9th annual “Holidays on the Homestead” celebration on Saturday, December 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. rain or shine.
Originally a 1930s homestead, the museum’s historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style and feature live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, a tour of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and younger are free.
Guests will explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night, with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.
Stay warm around the blazing campfire while cowboy-singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader,” croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and then shared around the campfire when the sun went down.
Tcherkassky (pictured above serenading wife Pauline) has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.
The country craft boutique features unique gift ideas, made by local artists. The crafters carry on the artistic tradition of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to display his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture.
Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try the chili cook-off entries and Rose’s original 1930 Christmas Chili recipe, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is located at 15701 East Avenue M in Lancaster, near Lake Los Angeles. From Hwy 14, take Avenue K east, turn right on 150th Street East, and left on East Avenue M. The museum is on the left.
For more information about the park, visit AVIM.parks.ca.gov or call 661-946-3055 (711, TTY relay service).
California State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov.
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