Hayden museum to host Christmas open house


Hayden Historical Museum will host a concert by the Woodshop Boys band and a Christmas open house at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the pavilion.

After the concert, there will be a brief rededication of the Hayden road sign and then Hayden Historical Museum. A Place Called Yesterday and the 1947 Sinclair gas station will be open for visitors.

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

Contestants should bring between six to 12 items on a 9-inch disposable plate to the pavilion kitchen 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 wish to snack on in exchange for a donation. Other refreshments available that afternoon will include some homemade soups.

Visitors will be able to 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 for the holidays, and some old Christmas programs and music will be played on the console radio. Visitors will receive a retro gift bag, which consists of a brown paper sack with an apple, an orange and a handful of salted-in-the-shell peanuts.

The museum is still waiting on confirmation, but the hope is to have the Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association set up in the museum’s meeting with a model railroad display.

The 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 or thumb drive version of the book “The History of Hayden and Spencer Township.” There also will be a free Spencer Township coloring book available for kids 12 or younger.

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

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

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