It's that time again! A time-honored tradition continues as the Sam Bass Gallery hosts its Seventh Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. until 5 p. m.

Complete with door prizes and refreshments, this promises to be our best Open House yet. We're looking forward to sharing the holiday spirit with all of our many friends as Sam signs autographs throughout the day.

"Our Christmas Open House is my favorite event we host all year. It is a fun time to celebrate the season with the race fans and together provide much needed help to those less fortunate," commented Sam Bass from his Concord, N.C. gallery. "The spirit of giving is what the season is all about, and I hope everyone will come out and join us for a good cause."

NASCAR fans can add to their collections -- and get in a little Christmas shopping -- with a host of holiday specials. Many of Sam's latest creations will be showcased, including the 2006 Happy Holidays die cast car and broad selection of his latest original artworks, limited edition prints, and fine art posters. Also still available is the soft cover edition of Sam's book, "The NASCAR Art of Sam Bass," along with a variety of other gift items perfect for stockings. There's something for every race fan on your list.

Among those in attendance will be none other than Santa Claus himself. In fact, the Sam Bass Holiday Open House is one of Santa's favorite yuletide gatherings. And to ensure that others too have a merry Christmas, photos with St. Nick will be available for only $5, with proceeds benefiting Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM).

As always, admission to the Sam Bass Gallery Open House is free. However, we ask all of our visitors to bring at least one non-perishable food item to help re-stock the CCM food pantry. Each family donating food will receive a gift (artist's choice) -- along with the priceless feeling of knowing you helped someone else have a happier holiday. Remember, this season is all about giving!

Please come out and share in the festivities. It just wouldn't be the same without you!

SPECIAL HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

As in the past, we'll be making a few adjustments to our schedule during the holidays to accommodate our customers while affording ourselves time to spend with our loved ones.

The gallery we will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the holiday season. On Saturday, December 9, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Gallery will again close on Saturday, December 23 for Christmas and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2.

The Sam Bass Gallery is located at the corner of Morehead Road and Performance Drive in Concord. That's within sight of Charlotte Motor Speedway's Turn Two. For more information, call (800) 556-5464 or visit www.sambass.com.