Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum will host the 9th annual Holidays on the Homestead celebration on Saturday, December 7th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Originally a 1930’s 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, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! 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. Michael 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.
Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free.
Chili heads and crafters: spots are available for the chili cook-off and craft boutique! Email Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov for applications and info!
Please come out for this special holiday event, rain or shine, and support the museum!