Carnegie Library Museum bursting with holiday spirit, creativity


Longtime Carnegie Library Museum volunteer Laura Stebbins of Perry sold raffle tickets during the Art on the Prairie event for chances to win two quilts, sewn and donated by Linda Andorf of Perry.

The sixth annual Festival of Trees at the Carnegie Library Museum began its four-week run Saturday, with visitors viewing 50 lovingly decorated holiday-themed trees, wreaths and decorations. The display continues until Saturday, Dec. 21.

The Carnegie is open every day but Monday for visitors to the Festival of Trees. Special Carnegie hours will be held Friday, Nov. 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Perry Lighted Christmas Parade and associated downtown festivities and Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with Las Posadas.

A raffle drawing for quilts donated by Linda Andorf of Perry will be held Dec. 15.

Admission to the Carnegie Library Museum is free, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite entry with a token given to them when they enter the Carnegie. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Carnegie, which receives no programming funding from the city of Perry and stages its events on a shoestring budget.

Kids can also do a scavenger hunt: Find six or more of the eight items, and get a snowflake ornament. Be one of the first 75 kids to find eight of eight, and also get a coupon to later redeem at the Public Library for one of the candy-filled ornaments on the Perry Public Library’s tree and a chance to win the book, “The Night Before Christmas,” which is on top of the library’s tree.

Any kid who participates, no matter her or his score, will get to keep a holiday pencil.

Longtime Carnegie volunteers Katie Schott and Laura Stebbins are the lead organizers of the event, with many local individuals, businesses and civic and religious groups participating. Staffers with the Fullhart-Carnegie Trust, doing business as Hometown Heritage, which now occupies the 100-year-old library, also assist.

This year’s participants include:

  1. Perry Area Chamber of Commerce
  2. Hulgan Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric
  3. Walking School Bus
  4. Hispanics United for Perry (HUP)
  5. Hometown Heritage
  6. 3rd Street Suite
  7. Purple Star Studio
  8. Webster Garden Club
  9. Atelier at 1109 – Art on the Prairie
  10. Pearl Valley
  11. Alberta Smith
  12. Alice’s Haus Dresin
  13. Perry Piecemakers Quilt Guild
  14. Osmundson Manufacturing
  15. Betsy Peterson Designs
  16. Elevated Health and Wellness
  17. Raccoon Valley Radio
  18. Dallas County Hospital
  19. Perry Lutheran Homes
  20. Perry Booster Club
  21. Carol Jackson-Cavanaugh and Dirk Cavanaugh
  22. Ben’s Five and Dime
  23. Showtime Studio
  24. City of Dawson
  25. Perry Perk
  26. Perry Paint and Glass
  27. P.E.O.
  28. The Perry Chief
  29. Perry Water Works
  30. Chrissy Von Behren Danger
  31. Fareway Stores
  32. Raccoon Valley Welding
  33. Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
  34. Stephanie Hansen
  35. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
  36. Perry Public Library
  38. Trail Side Café
  39. Nudgers
  40. Salvaged Soul
  41. Becky Shelker
  42. DMACC
  43. Perry Pathfinders 4-H Club
  44. Minburn Communications
  45. Friends of the Perry Public Library
  46. Dallas County Conservation Board
  47. St. Patrick Catholic Church
  48. Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Co.
  49. Mary Rose Collection
  50. Tyson Fresh Meats


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