Even with a snow storm pounding the area on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Prehistoric Museum’s community holiday event, Cretaceous Christmas brought in residents for music, fun and a visit with Santa. Museum admission was waived so nobody in the community would be excluded due to cost.
“The museum in an important part of this community and a storehouse of our common heritage,” stated museum director Ken Carpenter. “Museum event days are a way we can celebrate the holiday season with our friends, neighbors and supporters.”
Families enjoyed a full day of events and activities. A craft area for children was manned by museum staff, volunteers,archaeologists with the BLM and Forest Service and Castle Valley Archaeological Society. Kids were able to make clay figurines in the Fremont Indian style. They could also color, do bead work and make twig figurines.
Fine musical performances were offered throughout the day. USU Eastern music professor Rhonda Rhodes filled the halls and galleries with Christmas classics. Her instrumental offerings on both flute and saxophone were lively and had people singing, dancing and humming along. It was a busy day for her as she went on to conduct the Messiah later in the evening at the Price City Auditorium.
The Lasslo Brothers also presented music of the season in their distinctive blue grass style.
The angelic voices of the Carbon High School Vocal Jazz, conducted by Ms. Williams, filled the museum with an acappella performance of music.
The day topped off with a visit from Santa Claus. Old St. Nick made his comfortable lap available to all the good little girls and boys. He patiently heard all their Christmas wishes and dispensed good advice on getting along with siblings and being helpful around the home.