Our format again will include all of the things that have been enjoyed for the past 40 years at our annual holiday celebration. The Discovery Room will be filled with activities for the younger visitors – Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there and the Vermillion Girl Scouts are once again going to help decorate cookies. More children's activities are in the works.
This will be a good opportunity to check out the new look in the Discovery Room, as it has been completely refurbished and repainted for an Eagle Scout project and has some great new things to do.
In Sletwold Hall, we will be featuring some wonderfully talented musicians and dancers. The afternoon will begin with Deb Reeves' baton/dancing students entertaining us. Featured with this group will be reigning Miss Teen South Dakota, Jennifer Novia, one of our youngest members.
Pastor Steve Miller has promised some singers and the entertainment will finish up with a performance by John and Susan McNeill, the "Little Band" from Springfield. Right now, we are working on a sing-along but haven't finished the arrangements for that.
There will be trees on display and the Friends will hold with their tradition of having the very best bake sale in the territory! The refreshments table will feature specialties created by our wonderfully talented bakers so there will be a good assortment of baked goods as well as some needlework items.
December is also the month for renewing memberships. New members are always welcome and there will also be a drawing for a door prize for one of our new or renewed members. The Gift Shop will be open and there will be lots of interesting and new merchandise for your holiday shopping.
We are completing another great year at the museum and are very proud of how we look. We hope that you plan to visit during the festival to enjoy the festivities and to visit our beautiful facility. Each year, the joyful noise and holiday spirit of the festival is dedicated to the memory of members who are no longer with us; this year, our festival will honor the memory of Alex Mehaffey who gave us so very many hours of his time and there will be a display of some of the special items that Alex created with his talented woodworker's hands.