Due to the weather, the 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 meals have been cancled for December 8.
“Ole Mountain Christmas,” a favorite holiday event held in Old Fort during the 1990s, is returning this year on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8.
Featuring hearty, home-cooked meals served by various community groups inside one of Mountain Gateway Museum’s late-1800s log cabins, this event recalls the spirit of Christmases past with oilcloth-covered tables, light from flickering oil lamps, and the warmth of a fire in the cabin’s rock fireplace.
The event also serves as a fundraiser. Five local groups are participating in this year’s event. All proceeds will be used to support the charity or service organization of each group’s choice.
Ole Mountain Christmas will consist of three meals: dinner on Friday evening (Dec. 7), lunch on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8), and dinner on Saturday evening (Dec. 8). However, a choice of seatings (i.e., times) will be offered for each meal. There will be a 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. seating for dinner on Friday; an 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. seating for lunch on Saturday; and a 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. seating for dinner on Saturday.
Tickets will be sold, in advance, for a specific seating. Each ticket will be collected at the door of the cabin and be valid only for the day and time shown on the ticket.
The ca. 1885 Morgan cabin, originally built in the Glenwood community of McDowell County and moved to Mountain Gateway Museum’s grounds in the mid-1970s, can only accommodate 24 people per seating, so tickets are limited. Also, ticket prices will vary, as will the menu for each group.
Below is each group’s scheduled meal time, menu, and contact information for Ole Mountain Christmas ticket sales:
5 p.m. seating Friday, Dec. 7: Old Fort First Baptist Church will serve pinto beans, cabbage, cornbread, cobbler, and a beverage. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Cathy Moore at (281) 798-9575.
6 p.m. seating Friday, Dec. 7: H.E.A.L., the Old Fort Community Forum’s Healthy Eating/Active Living group, will serve pinto beans, coleslaw, cobbler, and a beverage. Tickets are $8 each. Proceeds will be used to support Old Fort Elementary School’s Weekend Backpack Food program. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Toni Hollenbeck at 828-668-6303.
11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. seatings Saturday, Dec. 8: The Asheville YMCA will provide food for each of the three seatings at lunch on Saturday. The menu will be black-bean chili, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, whole-grain bread, dessert, and a beverage. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Nutrition Outreach programs. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Lauren Furgiuele at 828-575-2939.
5 p.m. seating Saturday, Dec. 8: True Holiness Fellowship Church in Old Fort will serve a barbecue plate with pulled-pork barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, hush puppies, dessert, and a beverage. Tickets are $12 each. Proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the church’s children. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Leandra Lavender at 828-668-9766.
6 p.m. and 7 p.m. seatings Saturday, Dec. 8: Top Fuel Grill in Old Fort will serve homemade vegetable beef soup, cornbread, cobbler, and a beverage at each seating. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will be used to support McDowell Cheer Masters. To buy/reserve a ticket or receive more information, call Donita Plemmons at 828-460-3399.