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Paullina Festival of Trees Fills Legion


December 5, 2019

This beautiful quilt, made by LaNan Eldridge, greets visitors as they enter the Paullina Legion to enjoy the beauty of Paullina's annual Festival of Trees.

Paullina's annual festival of trees, a tradition for more than 20 years, opened Friday December 6 to the public for viewing. Decorated trees, Christmas settings, quilts and beautifully set tables for the feature luncheon were ready to go. Each fulfilled the anticipated awe from guests.

Twelve tree and settings lined the luncheon area. Individuals as well as families or businesses took time to give a Christmas feel to the room. Upon entering guests were greeted by a beautiful and inviting quilt and display by local quilting legend, LaNan Eldridge. American State Bank's Christmas tree of wood made a wonderful set of shelves to place donated food for food pantries. Also in the mix was the Paullina Library, Barb Rice & Jen Dykstra teamed up. Paullina Hardware, Rita Kruger, and Hometown Christmas lent trees for the Christmas-y feel. ND MillWerk not only built a holiday display from their inventory, they gave you product prices! What a fabulous way to showcase inventive uses for old home parts. Wonderland Theater claimed the stage. Also featuring homey, Christmas settings were Michelle Hohbach, AgriVision Equipment and the team of Rona Frank and Chris Goosen.

Ceramic lighted trees brought by many gave a brief history of who made the tree, to which it was gifted and other tidbits of the trees life. Tami Fiddelke, Ruth Deverwaere, Clarice Gries, Darla Fintel, Dee Saunders, Sylvia Onken, Michelle Hohbach, (the late) Verla Hibbing, Corrine Hohbach, Johnene Altman, Mable Jurgensen, Janelle Hibbing, Michelle Aberson, and Mike Hohbach each lent a tree with a bit of background. Collectible Claus figurines were also part of the ceramic setting. They came from Cindy Callenius, Michelle Hohbach and Joyce Fintel.

Quilts were a very integrated part of the settings and became pieces of art all of their own. Six displayed quilts provided no contributor information. Ruth Wester has one on display. LaNan Eldridge is showing 3 altogether. Janelle Hibbing added 4 more quilts.

The feature event of Paullina's festival of trees is the luncheon. Seventeen tables were sold, each table having up to 10 guests. American State Bank, the team of Katie Hurtig and Jen Dykstra, sponsored tables. Also hosting a table for lunch were Jodi Gillespie, Holly Wagner, Lindsey Weatherman, Christi Patterson, Ruth Recker, LaNette Lund, Esther Koehlmoos, Tracy Nelson, Mimi Wagner, Kelly Ebel, Michelle Aberson, Mill Creek Women, Iowa State Bank and the team of Rona Frank and Christ Goosen outdid themselves with both a tree setting and a table to enjoy the feast.

Cash donations for Wonderland Theater are being accepted.

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