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In this photo from 2018, Toni Tidwell demonstrates a yarn spinning technique in one of the rustic, period structures at LaGrange college site in Colbert County as part of the Christmas in the Country event, scheduled this year for Nov. 22-24. [File/TIMESDAILY]

The LaGrange Living Historical Association is celebrating its 31st annual Christmas in the Country at the LaGrange College site Nov. 22-24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Music by Buford Parker will be featured on Nov. 23, with the Hallmark Sisters performing Nov. 24.

Organizer Louise Lenz said some of the Christmas trees on display will be decorated as early settlers would have trimmed their own, with bird's nests and other natural materials.

The annual Christmas in the Country bake sale will take place as well as visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Students from throughout north Alabama will attend the first day, in keeping with the educational component of the event.

LaGrange College was Alabama's first chartered college and the forerunner of the University of North Alabama. It was burned by Union forces during the Civil War.

The site is located off Alabama 157, eight miles southeast of Muscle Shoals.


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