Museum to host ‘Christmas on Lewis and Clark Trail’

Museum to host 'Christmas on Lewis and Clark Trail' The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum are celebrating their 33rd year of Christmas festivals Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

This year the theme is "Christmas on the Trail of Lewis and Clark." As in previous years, many people in the community will come to share their talents in music, dance, sewing, woodcarving and cooking.

The special museum exhibits will include old fashioned greeting cards, toys and dolls of the early 20th century which were given to the museum many years ago or loaned for this occasion.

The museum has taken on a festive air with 14 Christmas trees decorated in unique fashion by the Tiger Cub Scouts, the Catholic Daughters the Clay County Democrats, Dalesburg Scandinavian Society, 4-H Club, the Vermillion Garden Club with many homemade ornaments from the garden, The Girl Scouts of America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a German-American tree by Otto and Dorothy Neuhaus, lovely hand painted porcelain ornaments by the Vermillion Porcelain Artists Club, the Vermillion Public Library, the Quilt Guild, the Rotary Club, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Anita and Alex Mehaffey, and the Clay County Republicans.

In addition, the Leroy Meyers family will be preparing and helping others to prepare folded origami ornaments during the afternoon on Sunday.

In Sletwold Hall, music will reign supreme. The Lyric Strings Orchestra, directed by Karin Lipp, will open the afternoon's entertainment at 1:30 p.m., followed each half hour with new performers, including the Vermillion High School Chorus directed by Kristin Iverson; the O'Connell Dancers directed by Judi O'Connell; Heather's High Steppers, by Heather Reeves; a Didjeridu performance by Noel Pesce; and finally the all time favorite singers of old time gospel and mountain songs, the Gospel Buckaroos, directed by Mary Vickrey.

Food and beverages will be available at the hospitality table, chaired by Colette Abbott. A centerpiece will be provided by Willson Florist and napkins will be supplied by Deb's Hallmark Shop and the Nook 'n Cranny. A bake sale table, chaired by Teresa and David Hawkinson, will offer many traditional and contemporary goodies.

In the North Gallery hallways and in the Civic Council Hall craftspeople will show their talents, take orders in some and sample their goodies at others. For example, the Yankton Trinity Lefse Makers will again share their classic Norwegian Christmas specialty and 23 other wonderful crafts will be displayed, from woodcarving, tatting, lace-making, American Indian beadwork, quilting, porcelain painting, and basketry.

Crafts from Guatemala will be on sale in the lobby and the Friends Gift Shop will be offering great savings on their stock for Christmas giving. Also in the North Gallery, people can enjoy the Lewis & Clark Learning Center with its mural and the opportunity to browse through the narrative on a new touch screen computer.

Festive tables are being prepared by seven different organizations and will offer seven very different ideas for setting the Christmas table. Come and get ideas for your table from these creative people.

In the Discovery Room, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will listen to children's requests while Sharon Andrews and Maxine Johnson, the festival chairman, will help children decorate Christmas cookies while they wait.

The Friends of the Museum invites everyone in the community to come to this year's festival. This is the organization's way of offering thanks to the community for it's ongoing support of this longtime cultural advantage to those in Vermillion and surrounding towns.

The shop sale will continue throughout the month. Mail order service and gift-wrapping will also be available.

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