January 21st, 2021

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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.

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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.


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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.


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


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


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


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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.


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Table settings in the dining room.


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


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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.


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


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


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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.