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Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor on Museum of the Waxhaws agenda

The Museum of the Waxhaws will offer free admission to veterans and their families on Nov. 8 in recognition of Veterans Day.

Coffee and cake will be served at no charge, and there will be a special display of military memorabilia.

On Nov. 15, Heritage Day – the first in a series of enhanced monthly living history days – will be held at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program begins with music that will feature a local string quartet.

Concurrent with the music program, there will be demonstrations in weaving by Sally Haggerty, surveying in the colonies by Mel Kent, Native American pottery by Billie Ann McKeller, basket making by Ann Stewart and cooking in a cabin.

Pearl Harbor Day

On Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the museum will hold Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which will feature military displays and honor those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.

Later that day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the museum will hold a major fundraising event at Fox Farms, 7505 Sims Road in Waxhaw.

“Barbecue and Barn Dance” is the evening’s theme.

Music will be provided by deejay Roy Rosen.

Butch Kelly of Butts-R-Us will prepare the barbecue, and drinks will be available at a cash bar. The centerpiece of the evening is a performance by bluegrass musician and entertainer Donny Murray, who delighted audiences at holiday fundraisers for the museum in 2012 and 2013. A live auction will follow Murray’s performance.

Fox Farms provides a magical venue where visitors can explore its halls, stalls and show rings.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at, by calling 704-737-5646 or from members of the museum’s board of directors.

The Museum of the Waxhaws relies on the support of the community to help fund its ongoing activities.

Special programs

The Museum of the Waxhaws began an outreach to children with autism in the summer of 2014.

On Nov. 15, the museum will offer Thanksgiving Crafts for children ages 6-12 with autism. The program is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per child. Space is limited. Call 704-843-1832 or 704-843-1992 for reservations and information.

The Union County Arts Council and the Grassroots Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, are sponsoring the program. The Andrew Jackson Historical Foundation, which operates the museum, received a grant to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County, along with six other nonprofit groups.