A month ago, Cartwright Grove was full of spooky sights and things that went bump in the night. But now, the replica of an old west town at the Mayfield/Graves County Fairgrounds is full of visions of sugarplums and merriment for the Christmas season.

Cartwright Grove's Holiday Open House is scheduled to open Saturday at 6 p.m. to showcase the various scenes and stores decked out for a 19th century holiday.

The general store, decorated by Edna Martin and Elaine Simmons, will offer cider, popcorn and special Christmas ornaments, including the new ornament depicting the Yellow Rose Saloon at Cartwright Grove.

Also along the wooden walkway are various adorned storefronts, such as FNB Bank, Odom's Livestock Supply and Ladies' Dress Shop. Miss Martha's Grand Hotel is made up with Victorian Christmas decorations. The livery stable will be the site for the Nativity scene, and the Relay For Life of Mayfield and Graves County has decorated the barbershop.

A new addition that is completing construction is the new town doctor's office, sponsored by Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

The Yellow Rose will host "The Darlin's" musical comedy group Saturday and local country talent Rachelle NiCole on Dec. 14. The saloon also features a 1925 Jesse French and Sons automatic piano, which was restored by Jim and Chris Baer and plays a variety of Christmas and holiday tunes.

Covered wagon rides will be offered for $2 each, and Santa Claus will be in attendance from 6-8 p.m.

Cartwright Grove is scheduled to be open until 9 p.m. Saturday, then from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 13-14 and 20-21.

Eric Walker is the news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.