(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle will host a holiday open house "I’ll be Home for Christmas" on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. This year’s celebration will highlight the impact of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II on family holiday celebrations. As part of the event there will be a matinee viewing of the holiday movie "Mr. Christmas" at 3:00 pm during the holiday open house. "Mr. Christmas" is a period film set in 1941 just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is a heart-warming family story of a young father who because of economic conditions can’t afford to buy his five year old daughter, Carol Lee, what she’s expecting Santa Claus to bring her for Christmas. Because she has written a letter to the North Pole, Carol Lee is certain that Santa will bring her the bicycle that is "number one" on her list. The story has a surprise uplifting ending that is guaranteed to put anyone of any age in the Christmas spirit. The movie has an Elizabeth City connection in that the Museum of the Albemarle’s Education Coordinator, Charlotte Patterson was Costume Designer for the film. She will be available after the showing of the film for discussion of her experiences during the making of the movie. The film produced and directed by Beth Brickell has won several awards including "Best Family Film" Moondance Film Festival, Hollywood and "Award of Excellence" Film Advisory Board, Los Angeles. PBS broadcasts the film as a part of its annual holiday offerings. The New York Times calls it "A heart-warming holiday tale for the whole family". In addition to the film there will be activities for the children and holiday refreshments. Santa will be available from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm to hear all of your Christmas wishes and offer photo opportunities. The College of the Albemarle’s Community Band will be playing holiday selections in the Lobby from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Museum of the Albemarle invites you to join us for an afternoon of celebrating the holiday season before you attend the Jaycee’s Annual Christmas Parade. The Holiday Open House "I’ll be Home for Christmas" and the viewing of "Mr. Christmas" are free and open to the public.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture. www.ncculture.com