Music shrine's 'Deck the Hall' celebration to begin Nov. 26

NASHVILLE -- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will stage its Deck the Hall for '99 celebration Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, continuing a colorful tradition started in 1983.

The event will feature caroling and storytelling, personal appearances by Hall of Fame members and other country music stars and a celebrity mailbox where fans can deposit letters to their favorite performers.

An interesting spectacle during the holiday festival will be the 25-foot-tall Tree of the Stars, which will be festooned with ornaments crafted or donated by top music stars, including Chet Atkins, Clint Black, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Minnie Pearl, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Charley Pride, Randy Travis and Hank Williams Jr.

Personal memorabilia will sit at the foot of the tree, including items such as a wooden rocking horse contributed by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, a pair of porcelain dolls contributed by Brenda Lee, a toy train engine and coal car presented by Merle Haggard and a miniature replica of the late Tammy Wynette's 1984 red, white and blue tour bus.

Holiday shoppers also can choose from a wide selection of country music recordings and books at the museum's store.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is open 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The holiday activities are included in the regular museum admission fee of $10.75 for adults and $5.75 for children age 6 to 11; children under 6 are admitted free, and discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Phone: (800) 852-6437 or (615) 256-1639
Web: www.country.com

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