LBJ National Park to host Christmas event Saturday

“Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country” will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Johnson City by the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

This National Park Service celebration will run from 6-9 p.m., and will be free and open to the public.

The event takes place outdoors at 200 Elm Street in Johnson City on the city block where young Lyndon Johnson came of age, according to Brian Vickers of the LBJ National Historical Park.

The president’s Boyhood Home will be open for lamplight tours.

Next door is the Pedernales Electric Cooperative headquarters, where thousands of Christmas lights illuminate the live oak trees.

Christmas was a special time for President and Mrs. Johnson and their family, Vickers said.

The National Park Service carries on the Johnson family’s tradition by making this season special for locals and outof-towners alike.

Activities will feature Christmas traditions from the 1860s through the 1960s — from the time of the president’s grandparents to the years of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency.

The park is hosting the event in conjunction with the Lights Spectacular celebration in Johnson City, and through a partnership with the Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

Activities include:

• Traditional country music and Christmas carols with the Pearl Snaps from 7-8:30 p.m.

• An 1860s chuck wagon with cowboy stories.

• Hands-on Christmas crafts for children.

• Display of Model T Ford automobiles, like the one Lyndon Johnson’s father drove around the Hill Country as a state legislator, often with young Lyndon accompanying him.

• Lamplight tours through Lyndon Johnson’s Boyhood Home.

• An exhibit on the young congressman making Lights Spectacular a future reality with the creation of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

The Pearl Snaps is a honkytonk band, musically inspired by greats like Hank Williams, Patsy Montana, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, said a spokesman for the band.

Led by lead vocalist Lisa (Lefty) Rainbolt, the sevenpiece band also performs original music. They will also perform traditional Christmas carols and songs, according to the spokesman.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call 830-868-7128, ext. 231, or 244, or visit www.nps.gov/lyjoand www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS.

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