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For immediate release - December 5, 2005

Lake County Museum hosts Annual Festival of Trees
Museum to extend hours to Saturday, Dec. 10, for holiday tree viewing

TAVARES — The Sixth Annual Festival of Trees at the Lake County Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Lake County Historic Courthouse at 317 W. Main St., Tavares, will officially open Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. during the exhibit’s opening reception.

This year’s festival is the largest ever with 10 trimmed trees sponsored by a host of different organizations and groups, such as a local Girl Scout troop, a nearby church and Lake County guilds for quilting and embroidery. At the opening reception, one holiday decorating group will be awarded “best of show.” Lake County Commissioners will judge each tree as well as two centerpieces and a holiday wreath after their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6.

“However, the biggest news is we will be open on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, Director of Lake County museums. “The museum is typically not open on the weekend, but we wanted to give families an opportunity to see these wonderfully decorated trees.”

In addition to opening its doors this Saturday, the museum will provide light refreshments to visitors. Other happenings at the museum guests can expect to see this Saturday is a new exhibit and another exhibit that has been extended. The entire fifth grade from Umatilla Elementary recently visited the museum and wrote letters to Dr. Kamp about their visit.

“The letters were so sweet we posted them in an exhibit in the museum rotunda,” Kamp said.

Kamp also announced this week that she was extending the Ghost Towns exhibit until the end of the year. Located in Galley IV of the museum, the exhibit features many towns in Lake County that have come and gone providing historical information and artifacts.

For more information about the museum, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600. There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum, located at 317 W. Main St., Tavares.


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Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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