By LIBBY CLUETT
PALO PINTO – Six years ago, during the county's sesquicentennial celebration, the Palo Pinto County Historical Association initiated a holiday event to draw people from near and far to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Palo Pinto.
The festive event has grown over the years and is not only known for its kerosene-lit and decorated historic buildings – log cabins, stone fort and jail and the Palo Pinto First Christian Church – but it has become known for its many activities and for the hot beverages and food, including samples of period sweets along with some locale fare.
This year's event takes place Thursday, 5-8 p.m., at the Old Jail Museum Complex, located at 231 S. 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto.
• Fort Worth's Buttermilk Junction playing Irish music in the historic First Christian Church.
• Local musicians singing carols at the Old Jail Museum Complex visitor's center.
• The PPCHA gift store will be open in the visitor's center for unique gifts related to Christmas, Palo Pinto County and to History.
• Rolling M Ranch will provide a mule-drawn wagon ride to take visitors the few blocks from the jail to the church.
• Several re-enactors will be on hand to inform guests about civilian life.
• Stories of pioneer life, read in the fire-warmed comfort of Fort Black Springs.
• Artisans demonstrating crafts, such as yarn spinning, Victorian-era sewing, quilting and making corn-husk dolls.
Visitors are invited to come in period dress to this free evening event.
Although there is no charge for the festivities, the historical association welcomes donations to help with the museum’s permanent fund.