We are very pleased to have seen the festival grow and become an integral part of the holiday season for Vermillion and the surrounding area. With the opening of the bridge to Nebraska, we have expanded our participants and are pleased to welcome both exhibitors and visitors to the festival.�
The Parade of Trees is a popular aspect of the celebration and there are 20 trees which have been trimmed by various individuals and groups from churches to service clubs. The trees will primarily be located in the Time to Remember Gallery with others throughout the museum.� The tree which will greet visitors in the museum foyer has been donated by Ron and Linda Thaden of Vermillion.� The groaning hospitality table will also be found in the Time to Remember Gallery where some seating will be provided for comfort.
The exhibits and demonstrations will once again include the Trinity Lefse Makers from Yankton who are prepared to once again do their usual showy presentation of preparing and baking lefse. Marlys Solbach of Vermillion will be showing the artwork of her father, prominent artist, Robert Aldern formerly of Vermillion and now of Sioux Falls.� Some of the other tables will include artists, wood carvers, hand crafts such as knitting and crocheting, flower arranging, quilting, collections, toy making, and basket making. One of the exhibits will feature soy candles and other soy products.�
The Discovery Room will have activities for younger participants and the Girl Scouts will be on hand to help create ornaments and decorate cookies. Santa Claus will also be on hand to listen to wishes. Winona and Sam Begay will also be in the Discovery Room to teach the art of making dream catchers.�
Throughout the afternoon, there will be groups, including singers, dancers, a story teller, string music, and baton twirlers in Sletwold Hall.� During the festival, Barbara Gauger, membership chair for the Friends, will have materials available for people to become a Friend or to renew their membership.�
Door prizes for a drawing exclusively for individuals who join or renew during the festival have been provided by the Nook 'n Cranny and with two of our exhibitors.�Since the continued welfare of the museum is dependent upon our membership, we are hoping for many new members and many renewals at a higher level.�
The Friends will provide both a bake sale table and a hospitality table. The festival is the Friends contribution to the beginning of the holiday season in Vermillion and we invite everyone to come and enjoy the afternoon. The museum is located on Taylor Drive in the shadow of the Dakota Dome between Highway 50 and Cherry Street.