WASHINGTON COUNTY - The soundtrack for Saturday's open house at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum came from an unexpected source.
Driving by, Sevan Birky noticed the event. She went back to her Roxbury home and rounded up husband Greg and daughters Michelle and Rachael so they could go back and perform.
Back at the museum, on Md. 65 north of Sharpsburg, Michelle played the flute as other family members sang Christmas tunes.
On a few - "O Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bells" - Sevan chimed in in her native Armenian.
Leslie Hendrickson, the museum's administrator, said the annual open house gives the public a peek at the treasures inside.
"We've got the reputation as the best little ... secret in Washington County," Hendrickson said.
Along with its permanent displays of rural life, the museum each year has a special exhibit for its open house.
This year's was a collection of about two dozen intricate handcrafted miniature cabins built by Jesse L. Shoemaker Jr. of Indian Springs, near Big Pool.