Lufkin Museum Wraps Holidays in Fun

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, Texas, has filled the holidays with activities for you and your family.

The 24th annual Festival of Trees is open to the public from November 19 through January 7. The 42nd annual Members’ Gala will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Family Day is scheduled for Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Plus, the museum is open for extended hours until 8 p.m. December 19 through 23.  

This year’s Festival of Trees promises to be spectacular, as always. A total of 162 trees have been lovingly decorated, each with its own theme and message, and trees are sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community.

Tree themes range from collegiate and high schools to professions, from traditional Santas and candy canes to an upside down tree. Trees range in size from 4 to 12 feet tall.

The display is a feast for the eyes that will delight all ages. Cameras are welcome. Admission is free and the funds raised from the tree sponsors are used for children’s art camp scholarships and special gifts to the museum.

The special hours throughout the Festival of Trees are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The 42nd annual Members’ Gala is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Upon entering the museum, attendees will be welcomed by trustees graciously offering champagne and caviar, while sounds of harp, cello, violin and laughter waft gently through the awe-inspiring trees. Elegant surroundings, fabulous food and decadent desserts promise a memorable evening.

The event is black tie optional. All guests must be 21 years of age or over to attend. To join the museum and attend the Members’ Gala, call (936) 639-4434, go to the website and click “join,” or visit the front desk for a membership form. 

Family Day will be held on Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Christmas-related arts and crafts will be available in the Education Room. As always, Santa Claus will be eager to hear the Christmas wishes of all. In addition, two book signings will be held. Nancy Hopkins Reily will be available to sign copies of her books, including Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part 1 and Part 2, Joseph Imhof: Artist of the Pueblos, The Blue Egg: A Memoir by Nancy Hopkins Reily, and more. Charles Kruvand, author of Riverwoods Exploring the Wild Neches, will also sign copies of his book. Holiday refreshments will be provided.

This event is open to the public and free of charge. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Museum of East Texas is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is education through exhibitions of art and history. The museum is located at 503 North Second Street in Lufkin, Texas (across from the Convention Center, near downtown).

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