Main Floor Den
Snow Village (ceramic)
U-Shaped Village

As one walked into the "U" shaped display, Snow Village was divided into three segments; on the right was the residential area, straight ahead was the commercial district, and to the left were the forested recreational and farm districts. This exhibit had the most "action."
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Christmas in the City, circa 1900, New York City
As above, several of Claradell's gift wraps incorporating music and lights..
Snow Village
Harry built tables over our furniture and fireplace.
Snow Village
Holes drilled to accommodate power strips.
Schematic needed for village layout and power strips.Power needed for each building, automated features.
Snow Village
Music buttons to activate along tour.
Snow Village
Personalized sandwich boards along tour.
Two hours for complete tour. Snow Village
North High School in corner (with polar bear).
Snow Village
North High School Polar Bear on top of the High School (arrow)
Left: rural; Right: commercialAutomated ski slope, sled run, and carousel
Sahalee Golf and CCWaterfall, Recycled water.
Log Cabin quilt using fabric used in drapes and wallpaper
Shooting Stars Detail
This quilt as done in a quilting marathon. You start the quilt around 6:00PM and continue cutting and sewing until you drop. By about 7:00AM, you have pretty much pieced most of the top of the quilt.
Every tour was customized for that specific group.The nutcraker at the front door bore a welcoming sign with the names of the individuals visiting in that group. Inside within the various villages were placed customized sandwich boards acknowledging the specific interests of the visitors. Examples: a young girl who played the piano, a woman who gardened, a man who fished... The names have been changed to protect the privacy of the specific visitor, but the sandwich boards created interest for every group, because immediately the guests realized they were indeed a part of this experience. We served refreshments to each group. After the tour, all guests were given their customized sandwich boards and a summary of what they had seen on all three floors of the house. The largest single tour consisted of two chartered buses. Harry took one group and started on the lower level; Claradell and the other group began on the upper level. They met on the middle or entry level and exchanged groups. On the day of the chartered bus visit, we gave tickets to each person. At the end of the tour, we drew tickets for gift wrapped doorrizes. The door prizes often included a "village" building. Some sandwich boards shown below. I had to allocate at least three hours of computer design work in preparation for each group. Reservations "by word of mouth" began in July for display times from Thanksgiving through the middle of January. We scheduled two tours of two hours each per night and three per day on Saturdays and Sundays. It took about one-half hour to put up the new signs and light the candles again for each incoming group. We totaled about 500 visiting per holiday season, and we did this for twelve years. There was no charge. We had displays in each and every room of the house. Some of the displays are still up in areas not disrupting our normal traffic flow (but covered by black plastic to reduce the accumulating of dust). It takes forever to dust these minute figures and buildings. Dusting is done with an artist's soft brush. I usually take each piece outside, one by one, to dust them.
Music: "Over The Rainbow"
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