Deck the Halls

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 6, 2011


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Traditionally, the Lawrence County Historical Museum is decorated in a Victorian theme at Christmas time.

“This year we didn’t tell people what to do,” Lawrence County Historical Society member Fondalene Alfrey said. “But a lot of them have used red and green.”

The museum opens for the Christmas season today. Each room at the Col. Gray home-turned-museum at 506 S. Sixth St. is decorated for the holidays. Each Sunday afternoon the museum will feature a 2 p.m. concert by local artists, allowing visitors an opportunity to listen to holiday music as they view the holiday décor.

The dining room, this year, decorated by Gail Webb, has a gold, black and ivory color scheme. Alfrey said her favorite room varies from year to year but the dining room this year has caught her eye.

“I think the black and gold is so elegant,” she said.

The Nannie Kelley Wright Room, decorated by Lou Pyles and Emma Roach, has a red and white theme.

The entry hall and front staircase features huge red bows and a seven-foot tree atop a one-foot-high stand. Decorated by Barbara Lutz and Julie Weber, the tree has a huge red and green ribbon winding through it, and giant snowflakes with red and green ornaments.

The Medical Room, decorated by Lana Cherrington and Elizabeth Melvin, is guarded by two three-foot nutcrackers. A family of snowmen stand together under the Christmas tree.

The Military Room features a small tree in the center of the floor, decorated in red, white and blue. Uncle Sam figurines and white Teddy bears peer out from the branches.

In a nod to the nation’s two most prominent political parties, decorators Linda Freeman, Jan Preston and Janet Jarvis stashed a stuffed elephant and donkey under the tree.

The Gray bedroom is decorated in soft pink and silver for the season. Decorators Margaret Rheme and Rosemary McCarty chose a tall slender tree for the corner and pink poinsettias for the fireplace mantle.

The Children’s Room features books about Christmas and a Precious Moments Nativity.

One room upstairs is decorated in gold and ivory. A mother and her children (mannequins) sit by the fire reading a book while a kitten sleeps in a basket nearby.

Both the Children’s Room and this room were decorated by Alfrey, Kay Rader and Pat Arrington.

The Rankin Room features a large Nativity. Decorators were Peggy Karshner and Nancy Livingston.

The parlor was decorated by Bob and Cheryl Cleary.

The museum is open 1-4 p.m. each Sunday until Dec. 18.


Holiday concert season begins today at 2 p.m.

Today — First Presbyterian Church choir

Nov. 13 — Elizabeth Melvin

Nov. 20 — Brent Sanborn

Nov. 27 — Greg Walbright

Dec. 4 — Michael Gavin, violinist

Dec. 11 — Marlene Ferguson

Dec. 18 — Wats Cookin, a musical group.