Museum’s Christmas festival is Dec. 3

Museum's Christmas festival is Dec. 3
The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum will celebrate their 40th Christmas festival on Dec. 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be many different kinds of crafters present to demonstrate their expertise.

Pauline Grossman will display a selection of her quilts. Several booths will feature handmade gifts for Christmas shoppers and we will have several woodcrafters including Greg Hesla who will demonstrate his bentwood boxes. Jim Sample will show his unique wood items as well as demonstrate how he creates his items from rare woods.

There will be handmade jewelry, hardanger embroidery, lace making, floral arrangements, a jelly maker and china painting, just to name a few of the crafts to be shown. Many of the participants have come to the festival for many years.


The Trinity Lefse makers from Yankton will be present preparing lefse for sampling and buying and they will also be featuring other Scandinavian specialties as well as a selection of Scandinavian crafts and jewelry.

In addition to the crafts, there will be trees which have been decorated by various groups, clubs and service organizations on display throughout the museum. Many of the trees will be displayed in the Time to Remember Gallery. The Time to Remember Gallery is also where the famous hospitality table is located.

This table will be featuring the usual array of mouthwatering specialties which the Friends of the Museum have baked and brought to the museum. Virginia Johnson is in charge of keeping the table well covered with good things to eat.

The Vermillion Girl Scouts, under the leadership of Nancy Noiva, will be keeping the young visitors busy by decorating cookies and creating crafts to take home. The children are invited to stay busy with the cookies and craft making while they talk to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Sletwood Hall will be the scene of some talented musicians including John and Susan McNeill of Springfield who will perform at 2:45 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, the Friends will be hosting the best bake sale in the state and the gift shop has scheduled a spectacular sale to begin during the festival.

The festival will also be the beginning of the annual membership drive for new members and renewals for current members. Gloria Christopherson of the Nook ?n Cranny is providing a door prize to be awarded to a member who joins or renews during th festival.

The Friends are so very pleased to invite everyone to attend this traditional beginning of our holiday season. While at the festival, everyone is invited to visit Sletwood Hall to listen to and watch our fine selection of talent while enjoying the paintings by local artist Chuck Weidemann and his students. Come on over to the Over and enjoy a spectacular afternoon!

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