Friends of W.H. Over Museum planning annual Christmas Festival The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum will sponsor their 34th annual Christmas festival on Sunday, Dec. 2. This year, the theme is "Christmas in the Shadow of Spirit Mound," so named in honor of the dedication of the stalwart members of the Spirit Mound Trust who persevered in their efforts to procure this historical landmark for the enjoyment of South Dakota citizens.
The festival will follow its traditional format and present an afternoon of music, food, talent, demonstrations, and arts and crafts. Children's activities will center in the Discovery Room with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus present to listen to wishes and hand out candy canes.
Leanne Schafebauer will be helping the children fashion critters from pipe cleaners. We will also have the origami tree in the Discovery Room. Leroy Meyer and sons, Andrew and Justus, will assist in fashioning ornaments to trim the bare branches.
In Sletwold Hall, a full afternoon of varied entertainment is scheduled beginning at 1 p.m. with the High School Jazz Choir performing under the direction of Kristen Iverson. Immediately following their performance, the students will have to leave for the high school for more singing.
Judi O'Connell, of Judi's Dance Studio in Yankton, will have her troupe of dancers here. Bruce Barton will perform selections of Celtic music. At 2 p.m., the Clay County Chorus under the direction of Matt Loder will perform in the main foyer of the museum.
Karen Lipp's Lyric String orchestra, Kung Fu USA, coached by Kevin Loftus, Heather's High Steppers, a baton twirling group under the direction of Heather Reeves, and the popular Buckaroos will round out the remainder of the afternoon's offerings.
Once again, there will be many trees decorated by various groups and individuals from in and around Vermillion. Some of the groups will also be setting festive tables either in conjunction with their tree or as a separate display.
These groups include: The Catholic Daughters (St. Agnes Court), Cat's Meow 4-H Club, Clay County Democrats, Clay County Republicans, Cub Scout Pack 165, Dalesburg Scandinavian Association, 4-H Clubs and Leaders of Clay County, Anita Mehaffey, Otto and Dorothy Neuhaus, Rotary Club, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, SESDAC, Vermillion Garden Club, Vermillion Girl Scouts, Vermillion Porcelain Artists, Vermillion Public Library employees, and the Vermillion Quilt Guild.
Among the individuals who will share their talented fingers are Roberta Bensen, crocheting; Joyce Brauer, doll making, Josh Brower, woodworking; Peggy Brower, basket weaving; Kenneth Carlson, woodcrafts, Ann Chadwell, handcrafts; Donna Hahn, antique fire trucks; Gail Hamman who will be showing the tatting of Lucile Harden; Greg and Erin Hesla, Norwegian wood articles; Maxine Johnson, holiday house collection; Steve Knecht, miniature houses; Karen Koster, spinning; Alex Mehaffey, early American toys; Dolores Necklace, sequined ornaments; Marianne Nilsson, lacemaking; Kathie Oakie, beadwork; Frank Orthmeyer, wood carving; Dick Peterson, wood carving; Diane Nesselhuf, Guatemalan crafts (Sharing the Dream); Colette Schweneker, stained glass; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, lefse making.
There is plenty of room at the museum, so if you are interested in participating in the festival, we will certainly make room for you; please call Maxine Johnson at 624-4166 for information.
There will be a hospitality table featuring ethnic and favorite holiday foods of the Friends. Donna Schafer and Karen Mahood are co-chairing the hospitality table and all visitors to the festival are encouraged to stop and visit while they enjoy these holiday confections.
Centerpieces for the hospitality table have been donated by Willson Florist and the Candy Bouquet. Napkins are courtesy the Nook 'n Cranny and Deb's Hallmark Shop. The Friends will also be furnishing goodies for the Civic Council cheer plates to be delivered at a later date.
The bake sale table will also feature baked goods as well as small crafts made by various members of the Friends of the Museum. Patricia Cook and Evelyn Schlenker are co-chairs for this table.
Visitors to the festival will be greeted by members of the Friends organization and Tom and Alice Gasque, Wendell and Barbara Gauger, Dwain and Deloris Jorgensen, Wayne and Esther Knutson, Jack and Phyllis Noble, Bob and Nancy Noive, John Reedy, Jeanette Stone, Berwyn and Mildred Svoboda, and Delilah Williams. The Museum Gift Shop will be open throughout the festival and there will be several items on sale. All members of the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum receive an automatic 10 percent discount; the discount is in effect as soon as a membership is purchased.
Each year, the festival is dedicated to the memory of Friends who died during the year, and this year, the joyful noise of the Festival is dedicated to the memories of General Lloyd Moses and Mayor Bill Radigan. Please come and join us as we greet the festive holiday season.
Everyone is welcome. The Festival is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call the museum at 677-5228 for more information.