13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
October 25, 2015
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
Saturday was a fun night with close to a hundred people coming to our annual fundraiser. the silent and live auction were received well and earned us a nice donation. I will report more on the final statistics next week after we have compiled all the figures.
We are bringing this year to a close. In November we will start preparing the museum for our month off. I will be reminding everyone in this column that we will close on Wednesday, November 25 and will not reopen until January 4, 2016. This year has passed fast but has been a good year with an increase in visitors and well received programs. We thank you all for supporting our program.
We are preparing next year's calendar so if you want to present a program or have a collection or want an exhibit, please call us.
This Saturday is Halloween. Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which are believed to have pagan roots. Jack Santine, a folklorist, writes that "there was throughout Ireland an uneasy truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived. Historian Nicholas rogers, notes that "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia.
Today's Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints' day) on 1 November and all souls' Day on November 2. thus gibing the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows' Eve.
Today's customs still involve religious celebrations in some churches, but the main observance is trick or treating by children, carnivals in communities, fun houses, pumpkin carving and many other activities.
However you choose to celebrate, enjoy.
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