Museum to hold Christmas open house

Submitted photoLocated on the north side of the property near Pope Store Road, the WWII memorial is one of the best-known and prominent structures on the historic museum grounds.

OCHLOCKNEE — Pope’s Store Museum will host a community-wide Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Visitors will be welcome to explore the museum, which will be decorated specially for the holiday season, at their own pace. Tours of the museum will be available upon request.

Professional photo opportunities with Santa will be available at the event free of charge beginning at 7 p.m. Cookies supplied by a local baker and hot cocoa will also be provided.

Outdoor entertainment will be provided by FIRM Dance Company, local artist Adam Starr and the Cairo High School choir. Voices of Cairo will be on hand to perform live Christmas carols. Some seating will be available.

Entertainment will continue throughout the evening. The event is considered “come and go,” but guests are welcome to stay as long as they’d like.

Christie Woodrow, event coordinator, said she’s planning for as many as 600 visitors to visit the museum throughout the evening.

“We’re hoping as many people want to come as we can facilitate,” she said.

A $20 donation per vehicle will be required upon arrival to enter the museum grounds for the event.

Proceeds from the event will be used to restore the 100-foot World War II memorial wall located on the museum grounds. A recent haul of donations helped museum executive director Michelle Dean move ahead with efforts to restore the memorial, which was constructed by folk artist Laura Pope Forester in 1947, but some work remains incomplete.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their families to see what the museum has to offer.

“(Dean) has done a lot of refurbishing and updating in the last year,” Woodrow said. “A lot of people in the community will be very interested to see all of the updates that she’s done, everything that’s been restored and how the property is improving.”

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