November 10, 2011

Windows reflect fall festivities

by Betty Jane Wilson, Society President

Hail and farewell to the Hallowe'en window scene at the Valley Falls Historical Society Museum. Shiny fabric, black cats with bright glaring eyes, a spider web accompanied by a string of miniature jack- o'lanterns with twinkling lights overseen by a wise old owl and tottering offspring served as harbingers of the trick-or-treat season.

November days ushered in the new theme of autumn days with emphasis on nature's bounties. Small displays of pumpkins, apples, ornamental gourds, stacks of autumn foliage enhanced by a window-length background farm scene mural reflecting harvest fields, surrounded by a timberline of colored trees. A simple "Give Thanks" sign reminds us of the approach of the nation's Thanksgiving holiday.

Veterans of all wars, yesteryear and today, are honored November 11, Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day. Military service flags, American flags, and miniature eagle symbols line the veterans' window, designed to remember and support our veterans.

The historical society's museum will be open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

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