Museum reports angels on the wing

PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER A large angel guards the tree in the museum’s upstairs front hall.

Angelic creatures are flying in for the holidays as the Seneca County Museum has adopted the theme “Angels Among Us” for Christmas 2018. Museum director Tonia Hoffert said the décor is to honor deceased volunteers, patrons and family members who contributed to the museum in some way.

Open house hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 8 and 9, with refreshments and children’s crafts. Live music is planned for this Saturday. Also, the museum is to announce winners of the children’s poster contest and present awards at 1 p.m.

Hoffert reported more than 100 Seneca County students in grades 3-8 submitted entries with the theme “Seneca County: Past, Present, and Future.” All participants get a T-shirt. The top three posters in each category are to receive cash awards, and the nine winning submissions are to appear on a billboard at the corner of SR 18 and US 224.

Dec. 17-19, the museum is to close during the day but be open 5-8 p.m.

Silver, white and gold are to be the dominant colors throughout the rooms. Blossoms and Butterflies Garden Club has adorned the Christmas tree in the front hall where visitors first step in, while Rodger’s Flowers is to decorate the east parlor.

Volunteers Linda Bollenbacher and Paula Crum have hung a “multitude of the heavenly hosts” on the large evergreen in the main parlor. Crum said she crafted some of the angels out of hankies embroidered and crocheted by her grandmother, Lizzie Oakleaf.

In addition, an “angel tree” has been set up in the meeting room to serve as a fundraiser for the museum. Guests can pay $1 for an angel to hang on the tree with the name of a lost loved one.

As usual, Brian Cortney has dressed up the Junior Home room with Christmas touches. Brenda and Jim Stultz, Dorothy Steinmetz, Paul Pospisil and members of the Hoffert family all have helped to deck out the museum. Hoffert said Allison Blythe, a Heidelberg University student serving as an intern, also has contributed to the effort.

Quilts are to be on display in various rooms all month, and Jim Robenalt’s miniatures of historic buildings can be viewed. By popular request, the “Mad Dog Killers” exhibit is to remain in place for visitors.

The museum is at 28 Clay St., Tiffin. Admission is free.