Museum celebrates Christmas with 37th annual festival

Museum celebrates Christmas with 37th annual festival Festivals come and go but this year marks the 37th anniversary of the Friends' sponsorship of the annual holiday festival at the W.H. Over Museum to be held Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The theme will be "A Bicentennial Christmas" in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery visit to our part of the country.

There has been wonderful response from area musicians, artists and tree trimmers. Among the musicians performing throughout the afternoon will be Karen Lipp's Lyric Strings orchestra. This group holds the distinction of having performed at every festival since the first one.

Heather Reeves' High Steppers will also perform, as will the VHS Jazz Choir under the direction of Kristen Iverson. Anthony Burbach and performers from the Vermillion Summer Theater will present a musical review, and Margaret Miller will return to tell her stories. Other performers have also been invited and the afternoon will be filled with music and joyous sounds in Sletwold Hall.

Among the local artisans to display their works will be Pauline Grossmann with her collection of breathtaking quilts and Alex Mehaffey will show his selection of handmade toys.

Pottery makers and other special crafts, including handmade baskets, will be on display. Sandy Strom will again be showing Longaberger baskets, and the lefse makers from Yankton will also return.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, also known as David Hussey, Mercy Hobbs, Liz Moyer and Claire Ren Hussey, will be in the Discovery Room. Girl Scout Troop 119 will be assisting children in making ornaments and decorating cookies. We hope that Leroy Meyer will again have his beautiful origami tree on display in the Discovery Room. Many area groups have trees trimmed for your enjoyment, along with one decorated by the Red Hat Ladies.

In the spirit of the season there will also be a bake sale, and hospitality chairman Virginia Johnson is lining up people to serve as hostesses at the hospitality table.

at the hospitality table.

Visitors to the museum will also see many improvements to the facility, including new carpeting in Sletwold Hall.

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