Night at the Museum


VERSAILLES — In celebration of the Versailles Community’s Hometown Christmas, the Versailles Area Museum will have special hours this Friday, Nov. 11 evening from 5- 7 p.m. as it welcomes the 2016 Holiday Season.

Be one of the first to see Art Gaier’s collection of antique bicycles held over by the overwhelming interest, now in a winter setting.

“You’ll see our 1900 kitchen a busy place to wrapping presents and read the Christmas story,” said a spokesperson. “See how the old mercantile store was your place to shop. Many of local artists, Harris Begin’s winter pictures are throughout the museum for you to enjoy.”

Touches of Christmas will be throughout the museum, featuring something special in each of the rooms. Thanks to Judy Shappie, there will again be a display of Santas through the years.

“Don’t forget to see the wonderful toys made by local carpenter, C.F. or ‘Pittsy’ Pittsenbarger and painted by his wife, Esther, a beloved music teacher in Versailles for many years,” the spokesperson continued. “Of course, advertising for businesses long gone are displayed along with a trip to Martin’s Department Store. The 1990s will be remembered as we play the ‘Sounds of Christmas’ produced by Towne & Country Players on the big screen.”

Also with Veteran’s Day, a trip through the Military Room is a must. Displays gathered represent America’s Civil War until the present. There is much to see and, as Americans, many reasons to be grateful.

But the show stopper this Christmas is called “A Sweet Treat” the story of M&M’s.

“You will be amazed at the hundreds of M&M’s collectibles to see the wonderful collection of Janet and Leo Rinderle,” the spokesperson said. “We will be sharing more about this wonderful collection in the weeks ahead. So, get into the spirit of the season and stop by this Friday or any Sunday until Dec. 18 from 1-4 p.m. with special tours. From pre-school to senior, there is something for everyone. Remember the gift shop for that special book for someone on your list.”

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