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Christmas Past – An Evening with Walter Flint

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by Tommy Gregors, Thronateeska Heritage Center

Albany, Georgia – On Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. Thronateeska Heritage Center Science Museum will host Walter Flint of Albany who will be presenting Christmas Past – An Evening with Walter Flint. Guests will hear stories from Christmases past from one of Albany’s most treasured and endearing radio talents.

Mr. Flint, a former native of New Jersey, has resided in Albany for over 60 years. Walter is best remembered for two things – his annual radio show, “Letters from Santa”, in which he would read letters written to Santa Claus by local children and his light display at his home on Third Avenue.

Each year children would send letters to Santa by way of WGPC Radio. Listeners waited in anticipation of their letter being read. Special sound effects added to the listener’s excitement in hopes that their wish list was heard at the North Pole.

Another past popular tradition was driving by Mr. Flint’s holiday display at his home. Lights adorned the house, but it was the cars, first the MG and later a Porsche with waving Santa at the wheel, that delighted everyone and was a “must see” each year to make the Christmas season complete.

Preceding Christmas Past – An Evening with Walter Flint, the Wetherbee Planetarium will show Season of Light. This delightful show explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”.

In addition to this event, attendees are encouraged to view the Santa Exhibit Santas around the World, in the Science Museum. The display consists of over 2,500 figurines, sculptures, paintings and crafted forms of Kris Kringle.

The event begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. with the Science Museum opening at 5:30. Admission is $3.50 plus tax per person. Members admitted free.

Thronateeska Heritage Center is located at 100 West Roosevelt Avenue. The museums are open Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fore more information, call 229-432-6955 or email to info@heritagecenter.org.

Thronateeska Heritage Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization located at 100 West Roosevelt Avenue, Albany, Georgia. Facilities include the History Museum, Wetherbee Planetarium, Science Museum, and Archives. Admission is free to the History & Science Museum. Annual Memberships are available. Group reservations may be scheduled by contacting the Thronateeska Heritage Center office at (229) 432-6955.

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