EDINBURG — Celebrate the season and fill up on holiday cheer at the Museum of South Texas History Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Returning for its second year, Fiesta de Noche Buena will include lively performances and local culture activities inside the museum’s spacious facility.
The afternoon will be filled with music as choruses, carolers and guitarists serenade guests with holiday favorites in the lobby. Scheduled to perform are the RGV Children’s Choir directed by Mrs. Mildred Molito, Girl Scout Troop #398 from Pharr led by Mrs. Caroline Aguirre and Boy Scout Troop #1954 from Edinburg led by scout leader Mr. Homer Rios. Also, Guitars Galore from Edinburg will perform arrangements for a guitar quartet to be led by instructor Eduardo Miranda. Award-winning story teller and folk singer Rickey Pittman, also known as “The Bard of the South,” will be performing and presenting his original picture book “The ABCs of the RGV,” which will be available for purchase in The Museum Store.
New this year, is the collaboration between MOSTHistory’s education department and UTRGV’s Book Buzz. Both organizations have prepared interactive book presentations followed by craft making in the museum’s Courtyard Gallery. Books to be presented include “La Nochebuena South of the Border” by James Rice, “The Legend of the Poinsettia” by Tomie dePaola and “’Twas Nochebuena” by author Roseanne Greenfield. During “La Nochebuena South of the Border”, a special guest – Hermosita the horse, from MOSTHistory’s puppet theater, will make an appearance.
Don’t forget to document your memories at Fiesta de Noche Buena with several photograph opportunities. MOSTHistory’s 12-foot-tall fiesta tree will be upstairs for all to admire, and downtown stairs, in the Grand Lobby, guests can take a photograph with Cowboy Santa. Also available for photograph opportunities is the “Try On History Project,” an effort to raise funds for the museum’s costume collection. Guests can try on historic costumes in the Classroom and take photographs of the all the fun. If you would like a more visible way of showing off all the fun you are having at MOSTHistory, you can get your face painted or obtain a glitter tattoo by Royal Celebrations.
Bring your appetite and enjoy atole, champurrado and arroz con leche by My Place Café, fajita tacos by Cactus Head BBQ, tamales, coffee, pan dulce, nachos, elote en vaso and aguas frescas. Local artisans will line the Annex Hallway for those with last minute shopping to do. Purchase handmade flower headbands by Love Caroline O., hand embroidered jewelry by Cinco Wildflowers, precious stone jewelry by Social Gifts and Gems, handcrafted holiday decorations by Details & Gifts and much more. The Museum Store, with a large variety of great gift items, will also be open – and FRIENDS of the museum receive a 10% discount.
Fiesta de Noche Buena is included in the regular museum admission: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62+) and students with ID (ages 13+); $4 for children (ages 4 to 12); free for children ages 3 and younger. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For more information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call +1-956-383-6911. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.