W.H. Over celebrates 40th Christmas festival

W.H. Over celebrates 40th Christmas festival
Crafts, entertainment and food attracted scores of people to the 40th annual Christmas festival, held Dec. 3 at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion.

While members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Yankton were busy rolling out potato dough to make lefse, a hospitality table located in The Time to Remember Gallery featured an array of home-baked treats provided by the Friends of the Museum. Virginia Johnson was in charge of keeping the table well covered with good things to eat.

Pauline Grossman displayed a selection of her quilts, and several booths featured unique handmade gifts for holiday shoppers, ranging from jewelry to candles.

People who enjoy wooden hand-crafted items weren't disappointed Sunday. Greg Hesla demonstrated his bentwood boxes.

And Jim Sample of rural Vermillion not only brought a wide array of products he's crafted from wood. He also brought along a turning lathe so visitors at the museum could watch him transform an ordinary piece of wood into a Christmas ornament, a wine stopper, or a pen and pencil set.

There was something for everyone at Sunday's event. The Vermillion Girls Scouts, under the leadership of Nancy Noiva, helped keep young people occupied by decorating cookies and creating crafts to take home. Santa Claus and his wife also stopped by the museum to listen to children's wishes for the upcoming holiday.

Sletwood Hall was the center of entertainment Sunday, featuring the local talent of Heather's Highsteppers, John and Susan McNeill's "Little Band," and "A Sentimental Christmas" music presentation by violinist Karen Lipp and pianist Lisa Swanson.

Lending the perfect atmosphere to the festival were more than a dozen brightly decorated Christmas trees, provided by civic and youth groups, churches, and University of South Dakota organizations.

The festival also marked the beginning of the Friends' annual membership drive. The Friends also offered discounts on items in the museum's gift shop.

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