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Festival of Trees- A Recap


                                  First Place                                               Second Place                                          Third Place

Throughout the month of December, visitors enjoyed an array of 19 beautifully decorated Christmas Trees in the Remick Gallery.  The First United Methodist Church was voted the winner this year with their beautifully decorated tree featuring handmade ornaments of the Nativity.  The second place winner was the  Mickey D’s Red Hatters whose tree was decorated in miniature red hats along with purple & red garland.  Third place was awarded to the Windom Cotton Quilters whose theme was “A Dickens’ Christmas”.  They adorned their tree with handmade ornaments reminiscent of the famous play “A Christmas Carol.”  Each winner received Chamber Bucks with the remaining proceeds benefiting the museum.

Below is the list of the others who participated:     

* Heritage Village of Mountain Lake  * Cottonwood County Animal Rescue  * Connie Voss  * BARC  * Southwest Crisis Center of Cottonwood County * Windom Service Club  * First United Methodist Church  * A.C.E. of SW Minnesota  * Relay for Life  * Cub Scouts  * Windom Area Girl Scouts  * Mountain Lake Christian School  * Compassionate Friends  * Robert Remick Tree  * Sons of Norway * Windom FFA

Thank you to all who designed a tree, those who visited the museum during December and voted for their favorite. 

2017 Chocolate & Bling

The event Chocolate & Bling was held on Thursday, November 30.  Our theme this year was “A Shimmering Holiday Showcase”.  We enjoyed apple sparkler while bidding on the silent auction, buying directly off the Bling Tree and the Scarf Tree and taking our photograph at the Photo Booth.  There was time before the meal to view the ten beautifully decorated tables.  After the meal, the chocolate dessert buffet was a big hit.  To wrap up the evening the live auction with Donna Gravely as auctioneer and Lori Cole as her able assistant sold the higher priced donations.  We raised over $2,000 for museum projects.  Thank you to the donors, committee, staff and the many volunteers who helped that evening.  

Gingerbread House Make & Take a Big Success!

The first Saturday in December found the museum Meeting Room abuzz with the activity of 15 children decorating gingerbread houses.  Pam Gahler spearheaded the activity which included the planning, purchasing the decorating supplies, making the gingerbread houses and assisting the ‘designers’.  The museum has received very positive feedback from the event.  Thank you to Pam for her efforts!  It was a great Christmas family activity.