Oregon Trail Interpretive Center hosts winter holiday happenings

The Flagstaff Gallery is decked out in Victorian fashion at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Contributed photo

BAKER CITY - The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering some special events for family get-togethers this Thanksgiving holiday weekend and beyond - a film festival, a tea party, a holiday open house, and the parlour tour. The center is going all out this year with all new, beautiful (but old-fashioned) ornamentation, ribbons and decorations, which will be on display Nov. 25 through the end of the year.

Though closed on Thanksgiving Day, the center will host its third annual Wagons Ho! Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 29, with fun-filled, action-packed short and long films all day long in the Leo Adler Theater, free to all visitors.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the center will hold its third annual Holiday Tea at 1 p.m. in the Flagstaff Gallery. This interactive living history event surrounded by Victorian-era elegance and holiday decor will be better than ever this year.

The following weekend, beginning Friday, Dec. 6, the 10th annual Holiday Open House will offer performances, music, food, crafts and door prizes. No entrance fees will be charged. And on Sunday, Dec. 8, also a free fee day, the center will be featured in the Historic Baker City Parlour Tour.

For the Holiday Tea, a limited number of tickets for $30 each will be sold. Tickets are available at the Interpretive Center's Oregon Trail Shop or at Betty's Books on Main St. in Baker City. All proceeds benefit Trail Tenders, Inc., the Bureau of Land Management's partner in carrying out the mission of the Interpretive Center. For more information about the tea, call 523-1845.

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