I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Louisiana Country Music Museum goes Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 5:37pm

On its own, the Louisiana Country Music Museum at Rebel State Historic Site in Marthaville is pretty cool... but add in Christmas and it goes to a whole other level. Park Manager Carrie McCormick said this about it; "Every December the Country Music Museum actually gets taken over by Santa Claus and Christmas. We do a giant 75,000 light christmas display." Half of the lights are even synchronized to music.

The party doesn't stop inside either.Each room is decorated with a different theme. The folk life and music room actually is decorated with more of a country style theme.

That's where the museum starts,just like in real life. McCormick supports that idea; "there are quite a few genres of music that either originated or took off and developed from influences in Louisiana. Our folk life, and folk art and folk music actually helped develop into things like Blue Grass." Not just Blue Grass, Zydeco and early rock and roll also came from folk and gospel music.

From Blue Grass, we all now what came next in Louisiana's musical history, the Hayride. And that's prominently displayed at the museum."We actually have a wall displaying all of the stars that were on the Louisiana Hayride, as well as a mural of the state of Louisiana with all the different country music and rock and roll stars who came from Louisiana."

I'd list them all, but there are just way too many,each bringing his or her own flair to the music and culture of Louisiana.

While the museum is open year round, Santa and his Christmas magic are only staying at the museum through Saturday. With a display like this, and even a visit from Santa saturday night, a trip to the country music museum is a must.

And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.


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