DIAMOND — It's holiday time at the George Washington Carver National Monument and everyone is invited to participate in the festivities.

DIAMOND — It's holiday time at the George Washington Carver National Monument and everyone is invited to participate in the festivities.
The Monument's Open House will be from 1 .– 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Visitor Center, located about 2 miles west of Diamond.
Visitors will enjoy holiday music featuring the "Homemade Jam Dulcimers," the "Silver Bells" from the Diamond Christian Church and the Riverton (Kansas) High School Orchestra. A wide range of holiday and Christmas music will be presented by the musical guests.
Children will have an opportunity to create some unusual crafts at the Open House. Volunteers and the Monument staff will help children make sweet-smelling orange and clove pomanders, whimsical rag dolls, natural ornaments and homemade greeting cards. The children will be able to take their creations home.
The Monument will also be displaying some of George Washington Carver's hand-made and hand-painted Christmas cards and some of his hand-written Christmas letters. Also displayed will be some remembrances of 19th Century Ozarks traditions.
A special showing of "Christmas in Yellowstone" will be shown at noon and again at 3.m. This PBS feature is a winter wonderland spectacular as it shows one of America's most well-known national parks in winter. Winter is a time when very few people get to see the natural beauty of Yellowstone.
The entire event at Carver is free of charge to the public. Visitors are welcome to spend the entire afternoon and enjoy cookies with tea, coffee, hot chocolate or warm apple cider.
Because of bridge construction, visitors need an alternate route the Carver National Monument. To reach the park, visitors can take "V" highway west of Diamond to Marten Road to Elder Road and then to Carver Road which run past the park entrance. This route is mostly unpaved roads.
A paved route would be off Highway 59, south of Diamond, to Foliage Road and then to Carver Road leading to the Monument.
For information, call the park at 417-325-4151.