This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Dec. 24
• Land of the sweets: The Grove Park Inn‘s annual Gingerbread House Competition is still on display through Sunday, Jan. 3.; community viewing is Monday-Thursday, no admission charge. The top 10 winning houses will be on Good Morning America on Thursday, Dec. 24 and will return to the Grove Park on Monday, Dec. 28.

• Visit the Smith-McDowell House Museum (283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, 253-9231) for exhibits on Appalachian toys and games as well as Christmas trends and styles from 1840-1890. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. $5 adults/$4 students/$3 children ages 5-18.

• Free Christmas music at The White Horse (105C Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, 669-0816). Says the venue, “Lance and Carissa Moore, a wonderfully talented musical duo named Wilderness Act, are offering this concert as a gift to the White Horse area community! Bob Hinkle and Kim Hughes, co-owners of White Horse, will also perform!” 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 25
• The Bounty of Bethlehem Community Dinner takes place at Immaculata Catholic School in Hendersonville. 1-5 p.m., free. Info: 693-5115.

• Tressa’s (28 Broadway, Asheville, 254-7072) is also open with a special blues rock holiday show by Ruby Mayfield & Friends. 9 p.m.

• Christmas with The Krektones (formerly Krek & the Kurmudgeons; Jason Krekel is pictured) gets all celebratory at Broadway’s (107 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400). Says Ukulele Rockstar, “The Krektones play instrumental rock n roll of and inspired by Link Ray, Ventures and Herb Alpert.” 10 p.m.

• R&b band A Social Function gets in the groove at Magnolia’s (26 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 251-5211). 10 p.m., free.

Saturday, Dec. 26
• Kwanzaa, a festive celebration of African-American culture with food, entertainment and fellowship, takes place at Union Grove Family Life Center in Hendersonville. 3-6 p.m. Info: 697-9698, 696-0772 or 697-5748.

• World-beat outfit Cabo Verde plays a free show at Zambra (85 Walnut St., Asheville, 232-1060). 8 p.m.

• Duke Freeman brings rock & soul to the Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain, 669-4808). 8:30 p.m., $3.

• A fond Farewell: Dawn of the Dude calls it quits after half a decade. You can read the band’s farewell blog post here, or just see ‘em off at their final show at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m., $5.

• Newgrass musician Rafe Hollister plays Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 9:30 p.m., $5.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. Ukulele Rockstar

    For real, the Krektones rule! Also includes Lance Wille and Dave Gay of the Reigning Sound and Henry Westmoreland of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

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