austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear

For New Year's Day, 2020, we started what we figured to be a new tradition, going out to someplace in Lansing that we'd heard about for ages. I imagine we'll try again when it's possible to try again.


The Turner-Dodge House, built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1903; it's maybe the oldest home in Lansing and is now a historical museum. This was our first time to it.


A Christmas tree! Every December (excepting 2020) they have a festival of trees with different groups bringing their own fanciful trees to just fill the house.


Here's one of of your more traditional if overstuffed tree designs.


Looking from the rear entrance of the house up one of its flights of stairs.


Trees set up in the dining room. Hey, we have that tablecloth!


A tree, I think by the League of Women Voters, that uses plush dolls to make the topper a riff on the Great Seal of Michigan.


Table settings in the dining room.


The R E Olds Museum's tree. So you see how comical the trees can get ... you think.


Musician playing in the living room; they'd have a couple of live entertainers over the day and I don't know if that was just for New Year's Day or if that was something for the whole festival.


You see back in January 2020 Elizabeth Warren was a candidate for President.


The room up front where they charged admission and one of the first trees you see there.


A photography club's tree, complete with a camera topper and rolls of film as garland.

Trivia: Ferdinand de Lesseps's attempt at building the Panama Canal cost an estimated 1,435,000,000 francs, about one billion francs more than the suez Canal cost. Source: The Path Between The Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870 - 1914, David McCullough.

Currently Reading: Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America, Peter Washington.

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