(Saturday) December 3rd, 2011 ~ “Oregon Trail Christmas Village”
~ 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the “Oregon Country Settlement” (a living history village)
Buggy Trail Drive
in the historic Village of Rhododendron, Oregon
[located behind the Still Creek Inn]
Admission! Free Parking!
This 27th annual celebration is a free, festive gathering held on Mount Hood that
features two special events associated with the history of the Oregon Trail, where it traversed around the Mountain’s
southern flank. This gathering will take place at a former logging camp that was established along this heritage path,
that has now been transformed into a living history village.
On Saturday afternoon, visitors will gather at the “Oregon
Trail Christmas Village” from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featured is a traditional holiday festivity held at a pioneer
village along a section of the Barlow Trail [i.e., the Willamette Valley-bound emigrant’s route over the 1295-foot Mount
Hood] with reenactors, dressed in period clothing, allowing visitors to listen in to conversations that would have taken place
back in time, interpreting this Winter holiday as it was in our past, making it an ideal event for adults and children alike.
There will be traditional Christmas caroling, Native American flute and
pioneer flute music, free Christmas goodies and hot drinks. This is also an opportunity to shop for unique historical
and nature books, Huckleberry and other Wildberry jams, and specialty products made from this wildland bounty, that would
be ideal for gifts..,.especially for those who are hard to buy for. And, naturally, Santa Claus will be there on duty
from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The main feature, however, is “Christmas Tales of Old Oregon”
at 2 p.m., which is a unique storytelling program that takes you from the days of the Lewis & Clark Expedition at the
rainy and cold Pacific Coast in 1805, to the days of the Oregon Trail and pioneer settlement, and concluding on the slopes
of Mount Hood in the early 1900’s.