Two unique events will take place at the White River Valley Historical Society during its’ quarterly presentation on Sunday, December 9th. Social time with refreshments begins at 1:00pm, with a brief membership meeting approximately 1:45pm, followed at 2:00pm by musical entertainment. There is no charge for the event, which is open to the public.
Several members of the “Possum Holler Fiddlers”, a group of musicians ranging from ages 10–18, will perform a selection of Christmas music and other fiddle tunes. The group was founded in 2008, when a week-long ‘Traditional Ozark Music Camp’ was held at the Ozark Mountain Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. Each year since, camps have been held in Mountain View and Branson, led by master fiddlers from the area. The Possums have performed at over 50 events, including the 2009 inauguration of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the 2011 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Local author Vonda Wilson Sheets will also be on hand to autograph her new book, ‘Absolution—a Bald Knobber Saga’. This work of historical fiction takes place between 1883 and 1891, and while it primarily focuses on the Bald Knobber vigilante group, it is also provides a look at life in the upper White River Valley during those turbulent years. Copies of the books will be available at the WRVHS.
Visitors during the social time will be able to view the WRVHS’ final exhibit of the year, “Goin’ to Town”, which features over 100 images of towns of the past, as well as a large collection of vintage general store inventory items.