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Besser Museum Season of Light exhibit to open with a twist

Courtesy Photo Besser Museum Education Coordinator Amanda Kucharek smiles for the camera as she puts the finishing touches on one of the trees in the 2020 Season of Light display.

ALPENA — The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan’s 2020 Season of Light exhibit will open with a twist on Saturday and Sunday.

The Besser Museum has limited their indoor capacity to ensure physical distancing and will only be selling 25 tickets to each of the five 1 ½-hour Season of Light activity sessions. There are three different time slots to choose from on Saturday and two time slots on Sunday. Activities include touring the Season of Light exhibits, a special holiday planetarium presentation of “The Star of Bethlehem,” Christmas crafts, cookies and punch, and a visit with Old Saint Nick. Each household will receive a gift and gift bags for all children in attendance.

All tickets purchased for the Season of Light opening event will also be placed in a door prize drawing. Door prizes include a chance to win one of six pieces of fine jewelry from Bolenz Jewelry (values range from $40 to $100) a stained glass art piece from 45 North Art Gallery (Peggy Matuzak), a floral arrangement from Lasting Expressions, and a gift basket featuring Michigan books for children from Turn the Page. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Visitors can anticipate touring a winter wonderland this year thanks to the talents of museum staff and volunteer exhibit designers, DeLynn Medina and Marilyn Thom. Education Coordinator Amanda Kucharek and Guest Services Coordinator Katrina Brooks, transformed the Avenue of Shops to provide an old-fashioned welcome for the holiday season. The Trees of Nations exhibit, and the Community Trees gallery are always a favorite among visitors.

The Community Trees gallery features 17 trees from local nonprofit organizations all uniquely decorated to represent the services they provide to our community.

Among those decorating a tree this year are the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in partnership with Anna M. Besser and Ella White Elementary Schools, Thunder Bay Arts Council, Second Chance Animal Shelter, Alpena Lions Club, Thunder Bay Wildlife Center, Alpena Area Parkinson’s Support Group, Alpena Downtown Development Authority, Hope Shores Alliance, Alpena Horseman Club, League of Women Voters, Salvation Army, Besser Museum Founders Society and more.

The Season of Light exhibit is sponsored in part by the Alpena Power Company.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Besser Museum at 989-356-2202.

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 11, 2021.

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