W.H. Over’s Holiday Festival is Dec. 8

W.H. Over's Holiday Festival is Dec. 8 The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum are sponsoring their annual Holiday Festival on Dec. 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The festival will follow its traditional format, as it has done for the past 35 years, with arts and crafts exhibits, demonstrations, a hospitality table and traditional bake sale, along with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Many children's activities are scheduled for the Discovery Room and there will be a host of talented musicians performing in Sletwold Hall throughout the afternoon.

Included among the demonstrations will be the Trinity Lefse Bakers from Yankton. This year they are adding more traditional Scandinavian treats. Alex Mehaffey will again demonstrate the handmade toys that appeal so much to the children who visit the festival.

Just a partial list of exhibitors includes Marian Nilsson, lace maker; Roberta Bensen, crocheting; Judith Sebesta, hand loom weaving; Sandra Strom, Longaberger baskets; Pauline Grossman, quilting; Sandra Carlson, handmade items; Anne and Patricia Chadwell, handcrafts; Steve Knecht, miniature cabins; Sandi Broders, oil paintings; Colette Schenneker, stained glass; Josh Brower, handmade wooden items; Dan and Allen Johnson, restored antique trunks; Diane Nesselhuf, Guatemalan crafts; and Kathie Oakie, beadwork.

Additionally, two local authors, Dr. Betty Smith and Dr. David Swanson will be on hand to talk about and autograph their recently released books. Smith's book is titled Images of America: Historic Vermillion and Clay County. Her book includes pictures from the museum's collection.

Swanson will have the book Birds of South Dakota available for review and signing. Swanson's book has two co-authors: Dr. Don Tallman and Dr. Jeff Palmer.

The children's activities will include making pipe cleaner critters with Leanne Schafebauer and decorating holiday cookies with Sharon Andrews. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will also be in the Discoery Room.

June Wagner is the hostess for the hospitality/tasting table and will be assisted by several individuals who will pour beverages and keep the cookie trays full. Donna Schafer and Karen Mahood will co-chair the annual bake sale. The Gift Shop will be open and will feature a good selection of gift items and the annual Christmas sale will be in progress. Another added attraction will be Bernice Necklace who will be preparing Indian tacos.

Guests will be greeted at the door by several sets of host couples and they will hand out programs and guide people to the tree display, the demonstrations, or to Sletwold Hall. There will be a wonderful afternoon of music. Karen Lipp's Lyric Strings Orchestra holds the record for the longest performing group in the festival's history.

John and Susan McNeil, Springfield, favorite entertainers from Gayville Music Hall, will be among our featured performers. The VHS Jazz Choir will perform as will the Buckaroos and the Clay County Choir. Heather's High Steppers will also perform for everyone's enjoyment.

One of the trees featured this year has been trimmed by the schoolchildren from Newcastle, NE. Earlier, the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum and the folks from Newcastle exchanged Christmas trees at the overlook on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. It is hoped that participation by our Nebraska friends will become a traditional part of the festival.

Shirley Andersen, Fern Marvin and Winona Spotted Calf have been working on mailing and publicity for the festival. Jeanette Stone and Delilah Williams delivered posters throughout Vermillion.

Everyone is welcome. There is no admission charge.

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