Continue your family tradition or start a new one at Historic Arkansas Museum’s 45th Annual Christmas Frolic and Open House, Sunday, December 2, 1 – 4 pm. Since 1967, the Frolic has delighted kids and grown-ups alike, teaching them the Virginia Reel in the museum’s Hinderliter Grog Shop (c. 1826), the oldest standing building in Little Rock. The Frolic is free and open to the public.
Guests to the 45th Annual Christmas Frolic and Open House will enjoy all the great things they’ve come to expect each year—frolicking with the Arkansas Country Dancers in the Hinderliter, hot cider and ginger cake in the 1850s Log House Farmstead, demonstrations by the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association, children’s pioneer games, art projects for the kids and a chance to meet 19th century Arkansans in their own homes. Guests will be able to see a blacksmith at work in the museum’s Blacksmith Shop on the Log House grounds. Father Christmas will be on the historic grounds offering a peppermint treat to the visitors who have been good this year.
Music at the Frolic includes Northwest Arkansas vocal group Sugar on the Floor, playing in the museum’s galleries and Lark in the Morning, playing Celtic music on harp, fiddles and dulcimers. Fiddler Ricky Russell will play throughout the afternoon, the Arkansas Country Dance Band will accompany the dancing and visitors will be treated to holiday songs sung by roaming carolers.
In addition, guests can participate in holiday crafts, make reindeer food, thread popcorn and cranberries for decoration, compete in sack races, walk on stilts and learn how to create pomander balls from apples and cloves.
The Museum Store, stocked with fun and educational toys, games, instruments, books and Arkansas-made arts, crafts and music, will be open for holiday shopping during the event. Free gift wrap is available. All store proceeds support the museum’s activities and programs.
Historic Arkansas Museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens, $1 for children under 18. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.