Eight-year-old Louka Shaponick knew the perfect spot for the 4-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated in brightly colored ornaments, ribbons and animal shapes at the Thousand Islands Museum on Saturday.
“I like it because it’s not that tall of a tree and it would go with the colors in my room,” the third-grader at North Elementary School, Watertown, said while taking a tour of the 38 trees on display at the museum’s Festival of Trees.
In its 20th year, the event, which opened Tuesday and runs through Dec. 27, is one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers during the year, museum Director Sharon D. Bourquin said.
Patrons of the museum are encouraged to vote on their favorite tree in three categories: most beautiful, most old-fashioned looking and most unique. The winner in each category wins a yard of St. Lawrence tartan that was woven in Scotland.
About 200 people visited the museum Saturday to look at the trees and other decorations submitted by local businesses, organizations and individuals.
Instead of a Christmas tree, Reinman’s Department Store used its inventory to make a series of snowmen from material from a dryer vent. They had corn-on-the-cob holders for their noses and plastic cups for hats.
“It’s kind of cool that they used stuff from their store,” Mrs. Bourquin said.
The DiPrinzio Italian Market decorated its tree with different-shaped pasta, while Thousand Island Middle School student Sydney Langkathel made the colorful tree that the Watertown 8-year-old would like in her bedroom.
The middle school wanted teens to have their own special tree, Mrs. Bourquin said.
The third-grader attended the festival of trees because of the book-signing event that was going on in another part of the museum.
She came with her classmate Isaac Reynolds, whose grandmother, Susan E. Rothenberger, was one of seven authors signing books. Ms. Rothenberger wrote “Mattie: Life at the Paddock Mansion.”
“They’re my biggest fans,” the grandmother said.
Isaac Reynolds voted for the blue-fur tree featuring all gold ornaments that the Clayton Lions Club submitted.
“It really has a sense of beauty,” the little boy said.
By Craig Fox, Times Staff Writer