The Dubois County Museum will be hosting their opening night of the annual Festival of Trees on Thursday, November 19. The doors open at 5:30pm, with the program being held from 6 – 7pm. The museum is offering the program as free admission. Dubois County Historian Art Nordhoff will begin the program by speaking on the theme, Christmas Past. After Mr. Nordhoff speaks, guests will be treated to the musical talent of Cisco Lioveras. Mr. Lioveras is the musical director for the North Spencer Catholic Churches that make up St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Dale, Mariah Hill and Santa Claus. Prizes will be awarded following the program and food and refreshments will be served.
The Festival of Trees will again call on the talents of local Health Care Providers and their residents or directors to decorate the eleven trees on display in the Banquet Room at the museum. The participating facilities/Organizations this year are Home Instead Senior Care, Brookside, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), Heart to Heart, Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Services (SIRS), Memorial Hospital Skilled Care, Good Samaritan Northwood Retirement, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Qualicare Family Homecare Southwest Indiana, Gentiva Hospice, and Scenic Hills. Each tree will be decorated to reflect facility/organization. The trees can be viewed in the Banquet Room for the entire Christmas Season.
The Christmas season continues with these programs and exhibits:
Tuesday, November 16 During the daily museum hours view the museum decorated for Christmas. Volunteers have the 50,000 square feet of exhibits space ready for the Christmas season. Look for the Santas on display from Kay Smock’s Santa collection.
Sunday, November 22 – Making Springerles Demonstration. Begins at 2pm. Learn how to make this old German cookie and see a 300 year old springerle board.
Thursday, November 26. Closed for Thanksgiving.
Christmas Entertainment begins on the weekend Sundays.
Sunday, November 29, 2:00pm. The Singing Seniors return and sing their joyful Christmas carols.
O’Tannenbaum Days Activities
Saturday, December 5, 9:00am Breakfast with Santa, reservations needed – see web site anddownload form on Facebook page. Reservations due by November 28. From 1-3:30pm Take a ride with Santa on his golf cart, and at 2:00pm Strings perform violin music.
On Sunday, December 6, from 1:00pm, come in and decorate gingerbread cookies, from 1-3:30pm, take a ride with Santa on his golf cart, and at 2:00pm, violin musical entertainment will be presented by Lisa Hoppenjans.
On Saturday, December 12, the museum volunteers from 10-1pm and Sunday, December 13, from 1-4:00pm will host a Cookie Walk. Buy your sweet treats for the holidays or enjoy them now. Prepared by museum volunteers and the ladies of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority to benefit the museum.
Buy your sweet treats for the holidays or enjoy them now. Prepared by museum volunteers and the ladies of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority to benefit the museum.
Sunday, December 13, 2:00pm, Sue Lorey’s Musical Studio piano performances. Students show their skills by performing on the Kimball grand piano, and from 1-4:00pm enjoy a stroll around the museum to see the trees, Santas, and trains.
The museum will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.
The Dubois County Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-2pm, Saturday from 10-4pm, and Sunday from 1-4pm. The museum is closed on Monday. Call 812-634-7733. Visit the website www.duboiscountymuseum.org for upcoming events and schedules and follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates of these events.