Wonderland of Trees begins anew in Batavia
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Wonderland of Trees begins anew in Batavia

Nov 20, 2017

BATAVIA — There may not be any snow blanketing the ground in the GLOW Region right now, but for the next few weeks, the Holland Land Office Museum is a wonderland of trees.

The museum opened the 16th annual Wonderland of Trees display with a community event Friday night. About 25 trees were in various rooms, with activities including a basket auction and a performance by the First Presbyterian Church Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir. An ugly sweater contest took place as well. Snacks for the kick-off event were donated by D&R Depot in Le Roy.

Museum Executive Director Ryan Duffy said the trees will be on display until around Dec. 30.

“Anyone can come and see them during our normal hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. “They’re in every room in the museum.”

Duffy said there are some events lined up for the museum this winter.

“On Dec. 2, we have a book signing with Anne Marie Starowitz on her new book, ‘Back in the Day: Snapshots of Local History, the way I see it!’,” he said. “It will be a presentation that will be at noon.

“On Jan. 12-13, we will be having the author David J. Fitzpatrick,” Duffy said. “He’ll be talking about his new book, ‘Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer.’”

The museum executive director said this is his first Wonderland of Trees event on the job.

“It seems pretty consistent that we get a good number of people,” he said. “We’ve changed it up a little bit.”

Duffy, who began in January as executive director, said a committee of volunteers has helped him to plan the Wonderland of Trees.

By Brian Quinn, Batavia Daily News

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