Victorian Christmas Dinner featuring Native American Flutist Arnold Richardson

Posted on November 13, 2017

Victorian Christmas Dinner featuring Native American Flutist Arnold Richardson 

Reservations will be required for the very special Victorian Christmas Dinner to be held on Thursday, December 14.  Beginning at 5:30, guests can gather at the historic home and enjoy mulled cider and traditional Victorian appetizers while costumed guides take them through the decorated home.

At 6:15, guests will gather in the Center for a very traditional Victorian Christmas dinner. While a hearty beef bouillon is served, Native American Flutist, will perform traditional spiritual music for the group.  From western North Carolina, Richardson (Tsa’ne Dos’e is his Native American name) has been much of his life in preserving and teaching the heritage of native tribes.

In the middle 1960s, Richardson was presented an old traditional Iroquois love flute by the highly respected Iroquois Indian, Tom Two Arrows, and was told that he was to become the flute carrier. For several years after, Richardson carried this special gift, only playing it occasionally. The American Indian Flute, sometimes known as Love Flute or Flageolet, is the pure American art form. It is the oldest melodic instrument in the Western Hemisphere and was originally intended to be played by only young men as they were courting a young lady.

Arnold Richardson

Richardson will then join guests for dinner, a Victorian feast of roasted Cornish game hens with stuffing, Potatoes a la Maitre d’ Hotel, and green peas.  Cheese and cracker plates will be served while Richardson performs again for the audience, weaving tales of his heritage with the haunting music he plays.

Finally, enjoy traditional mince pies for dessert and have a chance to talk with Mr. Richardson about his music and the work he has done with Indian affairs for more than 25 years and the many years in the past working for various tribes in the east. Several of those years were spent working in Washington, D.C.  While living in Kentucky, he served four years as an appointed Commissioner on Governor Patton’s Kentucky American Indian Heritage Commission.

This special event for Victorian Christmas will provide a one-of-a-kind experience.  Seating is limited, so reservations are required. The cost is $18 per person and reservations may be made by calling the Reynolds Homestead at 276-694-7181.

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