The 36th Annual CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL is now History!
A 5-member panel of judges selected the winners for this year: Trees, First place: HIS Home school, "A Time to Celebrate and Honor"; Second place: The Neighborhoood Garden Club, "Re-purposed Christmas Gourds"; Third place: Monroe County ISD class, "Christmas Movies."
Wreaths, First place: MCES St. Mary's 5th/8th grade class, "Angels Among Us"; Second place: Monroe Middle School class, "Here Comes Santa Claus"; Third place: Cub Scout Pack 597, "It's Snowing Cub Scouts."
Visitor Voting results during December were tallied and the winners are: Trees, First Place: HIS Home school; Second place, Miss Mary's Montessori Preschool; Third place: Monroe County Humane Society.
Wreaths, First place: MCES St. Mary's 5th/8th grade class; Second place, Sew Creative 4-H club; Third place, Sawyer Homestead.
Congratulations to all the winners and clubs! Your vote counted. Local company FEDCO donated some of the prize money.
Thanks also to John Patterson of the Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau for displaying his professionally decorated giant "outdoor recreation" tree in our front lobby during holidays! Maybe you saw the lighted tree in the window while you passed by the museum.
Our Holiday Open House was a resounding success with lots to see, hear, and do, for the hundreds who visited that day, thanks to MCCC's "Prelude" children's chorus, "The Amazing Clark" and his puppets and magic, and our tables of holiday crafts and activities. Free tickets to the movie "Night at the Museum 3" were donated by the local Phoenix Theatre at the mall, and winners were Audrey Cooley, Melanie Emerson and Pat Burnard- chosen out of almost 100 entries.
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2013 members of the Downtown Networking Connection judged the trees and wreaths with the following results:
First Place, Trees: Custer Elementary School Kindergarten with the theme of "Candyland." Second place, trees: Friends of Potter Cemetery, "A Tribute to our Veterans." Third place, St. Paul's M.E. Church "Christ's Kids Club", with the theme of "While Shephers Watched Their Flocks."
First Place, People's Vote: St. John Lutheran School
First Place, Wreaths: the Bedford Herb Group, "Enchanted Everlastings." Second place, the Lotus Garden Club, "Lotus." Third place, the Sawyer Homestead, self-titled.
The decorated attic with trees and lights
One of several Santa Claus bookcases
Faithful Friends 4-H Club
Miss Mary's Montessori Preschool on the left
The Museum is filled with Holiday greeness!
34th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL, 2012
At the MONROE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Christmas Tree Festival was back for another year- thanks to Monroe County voters! Perhaps you went to the kickoff Open House, and got to see the many trees and wreaths specially decorated to make the museum more festive for the holidays. Thanks to all the groups and clubs and schools (all of Jefferson District's Sodt Elementary school participated and visited the museum!) who took the time to showcase their creativity. Get your ideas for this year's Festival- our 35th year.