Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm Hosts Winter Multicultural Festival

Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm, units of the National Park Service will host a Multicultural Winter Festival on Sunday, December 1, from noon to 3 p.m., at 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland. This event will be free and open to the public.

The event will promote the importance and understanding of the many cultures around the world that have traditions that hail the arrival of winter. Put on your boots, hats, mittens, and come out to Oxon Hill Farm and learn about the various cultures that have contributed to the deep and diverse history of the Park. See how African Americans, American Indians, and Europeans celebrated the holidays in the early 1800s. Well-known parlor games, story-telling, and holiday songs were generally enjoyed after dinner at the Mount Welby Plantation home. Step back in time during a living history presentation and meet Mrs. Debutts, the 19th century mistress after dinner at the home and join in the fun. David and Ginger Hildebrande, experts in early American music history, will be on hand to play 1812 music and lead visitors in holiday dance. Award winning children’s author, Alice McGill, will tell the story of how African Americans celebrated the holidays during times of struggle and hardship. Rico Newman, tribal spokesman for the Piscataway Indians, will share winter solstice stories. 
 
Throughout the afternoon visitors will be invited to participate in activities to include horse drawn wagon rides, craft activities for the kids, apple cider pressing and much, much more. Bring the entire family to celebrate a multicultural winter festival on the farm. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 301-839-1176 or visit nps.gov/oxhi.

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