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:
- Perry Area Chamber of Commerce
- Hulgan Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric
- Walking School Bus
- Hispanics United for Perry (HUP)
- Hometown Heritage
- 3rd Street Suite
- Purple Star Studio
- Webster Garden Club
- Atelier at 1109 – Art on the Prairie
- Pearl Valley
- Alberta Smith
- Alice’s Haus Dresin
- Perry Piecemakers Quilt Guild
- Osmundson Manufacturing
- Betsy Peterson Designs
- Elevated Health and Wellness
- Raccoon Valley Radio
- Dallas County Hospital
- Perry Lutheran Homes
- Perry Booster Club
- Carol Jackson-Cavanaugh and Dirk Cavanaugh
- Ben’s Five and Dime
- Showtime Studio
- City of Dawson
- Perry Perk
- Perry Paint and Glass
- The Perry Chief
- Perry Water Works
- Chrissy Von Behren Danger
- Fareway Stores
- Raccoon Valley Welding
- Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
- Stephanie Hansen
- St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
- Perry Public Library
- Trail Side Café
- Salvaged Soul
- Becky Shelker
- Perry Pathfinders 4-H Club
- Minburn Communications
- Friends of the Perry Public Library
- Dallas County Conservation Board
- St. Patrick Catholic Church
- Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Co.
- Mary Rose Collection
- Tyson Fresh Meats