Christmas festival is Sunday at museum

Christmas festival is Sunday at museum Friends of the W.H. Over Museum will present their 32nd annual Christmas festival on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

"This year's theme is 'Christmas at a Prairie Museum'," said Maxine Johnson, festival chair and first vice president of the Friends of the Museum. Admission is free.

At last count, there will be 23 tables of arts and crafts, six live performing groups, a "Parade of Christmas Trees," and food to feast on as well as to take home.

Throughout the museum will be the following artisans with their special displays: Roberta Bensen, crocheting; Sandra Carlson, Victorian lampshades; Grace Freeman, Prairie Moon herbs; Lucile Harden, tatting; Lay Heikes, woodcarving; Roberta Iverson, painted chairs; Audrey Kistler, decorated birdhouses; Steve Knecht, miniature log cabins; Karen Koster, spinning; Judy Lofgren, creating with gourds; Alex Mehaffey, early American toys; Marianne Nilssen, lace making; Kathie Oake, beadwork; Richard Peterson, woodcarving; Carrie Rand, Longaberger baskets; Trinity Church (Yankton) Lefse Fest Bakers; Greg Hesla, Norwegian entwood boxes; and Mary Waller, quilting.

Special collections will be shown by Carroll Colwell, giraffes; Donna Hahn, angels; Shirley Huber and Marilee Hauck, fashions of the past; Kevin Nelson, political memorabilia; and Mary Ann Weldon, White House ornaments.

In the Discovery Room Santa Claus will listen to wishes of children and the Leroy Meyer family will help the small fry to create origami ornaments and decorate a tree with some of them.

In Sletwold Hall the Lyric Strings Orchestra directed by Karen Lipp will lead off the entertainment at 1 p.m. Following their performance will be dancers from the Dance Studio, Vermillion, coached by Judy O'Connell, and Margaret Miller, storyteller. Kung Fu will be demonstrated by the Vermillion group, Kevin Loftus, coach; and the Gospel Buckaroos will conclude the performances in Sletwold at 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Vermillion High School singers, under the leadership of Jeanne Dahlin, will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby. Throughout the afternoon the Friends of the Museum will offer the visitors an opportunity to take home holiday specials edible and non-edible. Evelyn Schlenker, assisted by Patricia Cook and Patricia Cafruny, will be in charge of this bake sale.

The hospitality table will offer everyone a wide variety of tasty holiday treats, coffee and punch. June Wagner, assisted by Julie Winegar and Arla Wurtz, will be on hand to serve visitors. The centerpiece and the napkins have been generously donated by Willson Florist and Nook 'n Cranny.

The annual Parade of Trees has become a holiday tradition at the Over Museum. Among those trimming trees are: the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, St. Paul's Church, Clay County Democrats, Clay County 4-H Leaders, Dalesburg Scandinavian Society, Student Nurses' Association, Anita Mehaffey, Otto and Dorothy Neuhaus, Takoja Club, Vermillion Area Arts Council, Public Library employees, Garden Club, Girl Scouts and the Porcelain Artists.

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