Rose Center to host Christmas Open House

 The annual Rose Center Christmas Open House will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme “Our Gift to the Community – A Christmas Homecoming,” will include live holiday entertainment, a holiday craft fair, refreshments and the opening of the December art exhibit, “Winter Scenes and Dreams.”

 Hosting the open house will be members of the Rose Service Guild, who have prepared holiday foods to serve guests and have decorated the center.

 There is no charge to attend.

 Entertainment will include Kari Novilla and Bergen Lancaster, who will play harp and violin in the community room. Robb Neill’s trombone ensemble, “Come to the Dark Side,” includes Neill, Tylar Bullion and Kristen Hefner, and will perform in the center’s foyer.

 The Singing Saints from All Saints’ Episcopal School will follow with holiday carols performed on the staircase of the center. Rounding out the evening, members of the Downtown Dance Theatre will present excerpts from their upcoming performances of “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 20-22).

 The Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the classroom wing of the center, on the lower level.

 The rooms will be filled with crafters from the Lakeway Area offering handmade gifts and holiday decorations.

 The selection includes holiday ornaments, wreaths and centerpieces; crochet, knitting, tatting and quilts; baked goods; jewelry; toys and other items for infants and children.

 Morristown crafters include Margaret Bragg, jewelry, fleece throws and holiday items; Anita Brown, handmade bows, angel décor and scarves; Betty Bunge, ornaments, gift bags, snowmen and gift items; Karen Coleman, jewelry, wreaths and holiday centerpieces; Cathy Guyer, homemade pet treats and pet stepping stones; Jo Kelly, knitted socks; Mara Othokian, baked goods; Marsha Russell, handcrafted jewelry and beaded items; Nicole Sutherland, jewelry; Sandra Tolliver, rhinestone T-shirts and sweatshirts; Missy Young, bottlecap and beaded jewelry, hairbows and hats; Virginia Handy, homemade cakes and cake pops; Kristin Bartley, children’s clothes, accessories and toys and Doris Petschow, holiday décor and gifts.

 Rose Center, located at 442 W Second N St. in downtown Morristown, is a museum and community cultural center for the Lakeway region, serving eight counties as a designated agency of the Tennessee Arts Commission. More information is available by calling 423-581-4330 or visiting www.RoseCenter. org.

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm