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December 10, 2008

    Lesley A. Collins

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center 
Celebrates the Holidays with Music

The Bureau of Land Management's National Historic Trails Interpretive Center will host its annual "Holiday on the Homestead" celebration this Saturday, December 13, 2008. The Trails Center, located at 1501 North Poplar in Casper, will be free of charge for the entire day.

A variety of musical performances will be presented throughout the day. At 9:30 a.m., Ms. Sue Salz will conduct the East Side Elementary Orchestra as her students perform seasonal selections in the lobby, followed at 10:30 by Vocal Music Director Paul Searcey and the Frontier Middle School Show Choir, with their offering of holiday entertainment.

Mary and Al Kalbfleisch will present the string group "Ana and Friends," playing historic holiday songs from the days of the westward migrations, at 11:30 a.m. in the Trails Center theater.

Then, at 12:15 p.m., I Cantori, the Casper College Opera Band, will perform contemporary selections and an old Holiday favorite arranged by Ms. Jean Tichenor, Director of Music Programs for Voice at Casper College. Ms. Tichenor will direct the group in the Trails Center theater, and promises a lively change of pace reflecting historic and modern themes.

At 1:00 p.m. Paul Searcey will be conducting the Casper Classical Academy Select Show Choir, singing Holiday selections in the lobby.

The closing performance of the day will be at 2:00 p.m., when Ms. Sue Salz will conduct the Woods Community Orchestra in a performance of pre-1900 vintage music. Her students will introduce the musical selections, and display original artwork posters to complement the season. Trails Center staff member Alex Rose will narrate "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for children of all ages, during this final performance.

The Trails Center exhibits will be open for viewing all day, and showings of the feature presentation "Footsteps to the West" will be made available when possible throughout the day. Trails Center Director Eric Fransted emphasizes that "Everyone is welcome to attend! Please remember parking is limited, so arrive early."

Following the day's musical performances, the Trails Center will close at 4:30 p.m. For more information please call (307) 261-7700 or go to www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/NHTIC.html. The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

- BLM - 

Last updated: 12-10-2008