Old Christmas Program at the Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland, Tenn. (January 2, 2015) – The Museum Center at 5ive Points and the Cleveland Storytelling Guild celebrate Old Christmas this January 6 with storytelling and music. Old Christmas is on the same date as the Day of Epiphany. Epiphany is the Christian commemoration of the day in which the Son of God was revealed as a human baby. Old Christmas celebrates both this revelation as well as the old Appalachian traditions of early settlers. 

The Museum will observe this historic holiday through storytelling and song. Some stories shared will date back as far as the 4th century and have been handed down from generation to generation.  The Scotch-Irish settlers brought their old stories, songs and observances to the mountains of Appalachia as they moved to the isolated hollows and hills of our region. 

Join the Museum Center at 5ive Points and the Cleveland Storytelling Guild on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:30pm to hear the stories and experience the traditions of Old Christmas.  General admission is $5; children under five are free; FREE for Museum Center members.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events. For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild is comprised of members from all walks of life, united in the love of story.  Guild members keep the art of the oral tradition alive by sharing stories in various venues such as schools, churches, camps and festivals.  They meet monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Community Room of the Cleveland Bradley Public Library.  Stories begin at 7:00 and the public is invited to come visit and hear stories from some great local and regional storytellers.  The Cleveland Storytelling Guild presents several storytelling events every year, including the upcoming annual Ocoee Story Fest on Friday, February 6, at the Museum Center beginning at 7:00.  Now in its 21st year, Ocoee Story Fest is one of the longest-running storytelling festivals in the region, outside the National Storytelling Festival held each October in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  For more information about the Cleveland Storytelling Guild, contact Judy Baker at tellone@bellsouth.net or visit the Guild website, www.tennesseetellers.org.