On Oct. 25, the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum will sponsor their annual Pumpkin Carving Party at 2:30 p.m. Carving will take place in the Discovery Room and participants are asked to bring their own pumpkin for carving. Immediately following, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a chance for pumpkin carvers to trick and treat throughout the museum galleries. Board members will be present to see that there will be treats for everyone.
At 4 p.m., there will be a scarecrow contest ¬– participants are asked to bring in scarecrows to compete for prizes in categories of the ugliest, the prettiest, the smallest, the biggest, etc. Everyone is guaranteed a prize even if we have to invent a category. Scarecrow judging will take place at 5 p.m. and immediately following, a soup and pie supper will be served. Bruce Gray and Friends will provide a variety of musical selections for diners' enjoyment. Festivities will finish up at approximately 6:45 p.m. Admission is free will for the meal and we encourage costume wearing.
Recently, the Over Museum has received some treasures for display. The Heikes family has gifted Kay Heikes' quilt of famous names for display along with her intricately built and furnished dollhouse. Both of these should be ready for viewing by the Pumpkin Party Day. In addition, work to complete the Burr Broom Factory is nearing completion and we hope to be able to make a broom or two very soon. These contributions are from members and friends from Vermillion and are appreciated very much.
In November, the annual Veterans Day program will again take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11. We will have an appropriate display to honor those who have served in the armed forces. The Christmas festival is scheduled for Dec. 6 from 1 until 4:30 p.m. and many vendors have indicated they will be there; this includes our favorite lefse makers from Yankton. After the new year, artist Janet Jenson of Yankton will display her series of paintings of Spearfish Canyon in the fall months. Along with the display, the artist will present a gallery talk.
The Over Museum continues to host tours and two of the more recent included Red Hatters from Minnesota and 16 visitors in wheelchairs from the care center in Yankton. We welcome tours of all ages. Our Kids' Club has begun their year's activities and information is available at 677-5228. The museum is open daily, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and 12 noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. We are closed on Sunday. Special openings and events can be arranged.
The Over Museum is the oldest museum in South Dakota and we welcome you to visit this treasure.