Friends invite community to festival at W.H. Over Museum The Friends of W.H. Over Museum have finished the preparations for the 31st Christmas festival to be held on Dec. 6 from 1-4:30 p.m.
The festival will feature a grand array of arts, crafts and lots of food. Santa will be present in the Discovery Room and there will be non-stop music and dancing in Sletwold Hall. Many area organizations and individuals have also trimmed trees for the annual Parade of Trees.
The theme of this year's festival is "Once Again, With Pleasure." The Friends are very pleased to invite the public to the museum to view the new displays and to take note of the improvements that have taken place over the past year. Thanks to the hard work of Alex Mehaffey and Jim Schmulbach, there is a new display case in the Time to Remember exhibit. The case was donated in memory of Raphael Block by Kathleen Block and holds many small treasures for permanent display. Some of the museum has been rearranged due to the addition of a wall which allows for more compact storage and frees up a large area of floor for more exhibits.
The individuals participating in this year's festival are: Roberta Bensen, crocheting; Phyllis Bloomberg, Flights of Fancy (feather creations); Marilyn Charging, Native American cross stitch; Marjorie Diest, knitting; Grace Freeman, Prairie Moon Herbs; Lucille Harden, tatting; Kay Heikes, woodcarving; Greg Hesla, Norwegian boxes; Torliev Kampen, spinning; Karen Koster, spinning; Karen LaPointe, beadwork; Alex Mehaffey, early American toys; Delores Necklace, beadwork; Diane Nesselhuff, Guatemalan crafts; Kathie Oakie, beadwork; Carrie Rand, Longaberger baskets; Bonnie Sorenson, birdhouses; and Mary Waller, treadle machine quilting. Dorothy and Otto Neuhaus will each display their collections of American glass and American pewter, respectively. Karen Mahood will have a table for the Sierra Club and the Lefse Bakers from Trinity Church, Yankton, will demonstrate the art of lefse making. Santa Claus will be listening to wishes in the Discovery Room and Monica Iverson, local cake decorator, will be demonstrating her expertise there, also.
In Sletwold Hall, beginning at 1 p.m., the dancers from The Dance Studio, Vermillion, will perform. The Lyric Strings directed by Karen Lipp will follow that performance. Noel Pesce will demonstrate the Australian Aborigine instrument, the didjeridoo. Margaret Miller, story teller, will perform once again and the afternoon will end with a performance by the Gospel Buckaroos, a local group that specializes in various stringed instruments and vocal numbers.
Once again, there will be several individuals and local organizations trimming trees to add to the festivities. The following will have trees on display throughout the month of December: Clay County 4-H Leaders Association, Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, Leroy Meyer, Otto and Dorothy Neuhaus, the Optimist Club, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Vermillion Garden Club, Vermillion Girl Scouts, Vermillion Porcelain Artists, Vermillion Public Library employees, and the Vermillion Quilters Guild.
The trees will range from being traditionally trimmed, natural materials being used for ornaments, a traditional German tree, an origami tree, and hand painted china ornaments.