Christmas concert, open house coming up at Hayden museum

The Hayden Historical Museum will host a Christmas concert and open house.

The event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the museum, 6715 W. County Road 20S, Hayden.

The featured entertainment will be a combined choir of former Hayden Little Hoosier Historians with the current members.

The concert will take place in the pavilion beginning at 1 p.m., and the group will be singing the same Christmas carols it has been singing for the past 30 years.

Another attraction for the open house is a Christmas goodies baking contest. There will be two categories. One will be for Christmas cookies, and the second category will be for any other type of holiday treats.

Contestants should bring between six to 12 items on a 9-inch disposable plate to the kitchen in the pavilion by 1 p.m. The plates will be judged at 1:15 p.m. on appearance and presentation. First place will be given for each of the two categories, and those two winning plates will then be put up for silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit the Hayden Little Hoosier Historians’ projects and activities. The remaining entries will be placed on the dessert case at the back of the pavilion. People can pick and choose the treats they want to snack on in exchange for a donation. Other refreshments available that afternoon will include the former Hayden Depot Café’s signature dessert, the Hayden Haystack, and some homemade soups.

Following the music show, the Hayden museum, old Sinclair gas station and A Place Called Yesterday will be open for visitors until 4 p.m. Experience home entertainment from the days before electricity as Mike Waskom plays Christmas music on some of the antique musical instruments for everyone to enjoy. John Ziegler also will be on hand to play Christmas music on one of the pump organs in A Place Called Yesterday.

Be transported back in time while looking at the 1965 living room in the museum’s exhibit area. It will feature an aluminum Christmas tree, and some old Christmas cartoons will be playing on the black and white television set.

The 1947 gas station also will be decorated, and some old Christmas programs and music will be playing on the console radio. Visitors will receive a retro gift bag — a brown paper sack with an apple, an orange and a handful of salted-in-the-shell peanuts.

The Hayden museum will have some items available to purchase, including Maudie Tracy’s pie recipe book, the book “My 90 Years” by Wilma Carr Richart and the readable CD version of the book “The History of Hayden and Spencer Township.”

The Hayden afghans were first offered in 2004 when the town was celebrating its 150th anniversary. It was decided recently to get some more of these afghans made, and this time, they are available in five different colors from which to choose. The cost is $50.

For information, call 812-592-8445 or email [email protected].