Special night at the museum

Staff report

VERSAILLES — With tidings of comfort and joy, Versailles Area Museum invites the public to celebrate the joy of the season with a special evening by Christmas lights to enjoy special displays.

On Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m., the lights will twinkle, and candles flicker and the scent of the season will fill the museum’s displays.

Guest presenters will be in the various rooms to share the stories of the season. Janet and Leo Rinderle will be hosting the “Sweet Treats” display and share the thrill of collecting M&M collectibles and traveling to their unique conventions. Tom Mendenhall, one of the valued volunteers, will host the Military Room, sharing some of the history of those remembered in the exhibit. Another of the faithful volunteers, Cynthia Vogel, will answer questions about northeastern Darke County’s own Annie Oakley and how she might have kept Christmas. Art Gaier will tell those in attendance all about the earliest bicycles that might have appeared under a real Christmas tree.

Sweet treats like Grandma made for the holidays will be offered and books are being offered for sale in the Gift Shop.

“You also may become a member or give a gift membership for the holidays,” said a spokesperson. “We also will have our 2017 Historic Dinner tickets available for you to reserve seats for yourself or to give as a gift to a special History lover on your list. Please plan to spend a little time with us as we welcome the season at the Museum. Remember, we close for the season Sunday, Dec. 18. We reopen in February for our 2017 season.”

Staff report