Kick off the holiday season Saturday at the Stauth Memorial Museum's Twilight Holiday Happening.

    "Come bring your family, see the exhibits and get in the Christmas spirit," said Kim Legleiter, director of the Stauth Memorial Museum.

    While visiting 15 mini-exhibits, people can listen to Christmas music, munch on holiday treats and enter raffles. 

    Featured events will also allow individuals to win prizes and support the museum and the Gray County Food Bank.


Kick off the holiday season Saturday at the Stauth Memorial Museum's Twilight Holiday Happening.
    "Come bring your family, see the exhibits and get in the Christmas spirit," said Kim Legleiter, director of the Stauth Memorial Museum.
    While visiting 15 mini-exhibits, people can listen to Christmas music, munch on holiday treats and enter raffles. 
    Featured events will also allow individuals to win prizes and support the museum and the Gray County Food Bank.
    Approximately a dozen decorated holiday wreaths will be sold in a silent auction. Clubs, businesses, artists and families can donate a wreath to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. People can drop off wreaths through Friday during regular museum hours or by appointment. 
    The bidding will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and will close at 8 p.m.
    Proceeds of the auction will go toward funding special exhibitions and educational events for the upcoming year at the museum, Legleiter said.
    "We try to do an educational program for every exhibit that we host," she said.
    Upcoming exhibits include a dinosaur exhibit beginning Dec. 14, an exhibit on Asian kites and one showcasing the seven ethnic groups that shaped Kansas.
    Those who attend the Twilight Holiday Happening can also help the Gray County Food Bank. People can bring non-perishable food items or a new, unwrapped toy to be entered into the Centerpiece Raffle for a chance to win one of five centerpieces.
    "One of the fun things we do is if you bring five cans of food or a toy, we donate it to Gray County Food Bank and you qualify for a centerpiece drawing," Legleiter said. "The more they bring, the better chance they have to win."
 The Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas exhibit features 15 mini-exhibits that will be on display Saturday, complete with festive lights and decorations.
    The exhibits include "K-State Christmas" by Cheri Martin of Montezuma, "Born in a Stable" by Mary Ann Price of Rolla; "Santa is a Red Hatter, Too" by the Hat Pack Montezuma Red Hat Club; "The Nativity" by Brad McCoy of Ensign; and "Kansas Christmas of Tractors & Toys" by Paul Yost of Montezuma.
 
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