Museum launches Christmas season

The Dubois County Museum opens its Christmas holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 15, with the opening of the annual Festival of Trees. Admission to the museum is free this night. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the viewing of 11 specially decorated Christmas trees for the festival.

Decorating the trees this year are Memorial Hospital Post-Acute Care, Connie Himsel and Julie Paar, George and Patty Hasenour Family, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers’ Sorority, Brookside Village Senior Living Community, St. Anthony American Legion Auxiliary, Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Dubois County Retired Teachers Association, Scenic Hills Care Center and Holland Events Committee. They will be decorating the trees with bright red, white and blue colors around the theme, “Americana/God Bless America.”

A program at 6 p.m. features the St. Joseph Bell Choir from Jasper. Neja Shah will speak about the customs of India. Ms. Shad grew up in India, but has lived in Jasper for the past several years. Refreshments and prize drawings will follow the program.

The museum will have these trees, as well as, 20 more decorated trees on display around the museum over the holiday season beginning Nov. 15 and running through Jan. 6. On display also will be parts of the 1,000-piece collection of Santa figurines donated to the museum from Kay Smock. Each year the museum volunteers try to display the collection in a different grouping and location. Some items have been added this year that have not been displayed before.

The holiday season also features scheduled programs.

The Haysville Ruritan Club will hold its annual raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

The museum is closed Thursday, Nov. 22.

Jasper High School students studying German will put on a Kinder Karneval German Festival for children at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25..

“Christmas Carols,” sung by The Singing Seniors will perform “Christmas Carols” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Refreshments will be served.

O’Tannenbaum Days are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. Everyone is invited to view the Festival of trees display. This year’s theme is “Americana/God Bless America.”

Breakfast with Santa begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. There will be Christmas crafts, activities and visits with Santa. Reservations are required by Nov. 24; contact to make them.

A violin concert by The Strings Inc. will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, Lisa Hoppenjans will provide violin musical entertainment on the front porch of the log house.

The cookie walk is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Storytime will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The theme is “Christmas,” and Christmas cookies will be served. The Dubois County Country Cloggers will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be provided.

The Christmas Lego train will be at the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the museum. Storytime for the children, with a theme of “Trains and Legos,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Movie and popcorn will be provided.

Blake Buechlein brings his Patoka River alligator (yes, it is alive) and his collection of live snakes, lizards and turtles to the museum at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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