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Festival of Trees: Shafer Gallery host holiday open house Sunday
Sierra Ferguson from the Holy Family School places her decoration on a tree, Nov. 17 in the Shafer Gallery. - photo by Courtesy photos from Barton Community College

Planetarium to host ‘Season of Light’


In conjunction with the opening holiday reception of the Shafer Gallery’s "Festival of Trees" exhibit, the BCC Planetarium will offer a holiday inspired light show at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. today.

The presentation will visually trace the historical and astronomical connections of many of the world’s most endearing holiday lighting customs. From sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah, "Season of Lights" will educate and entertain attendees about the origins of these traditions as well as explore an astronomical hypothesis and possible explanation of the Christmas Star.

The 66-seat planetarium is located in the college’s Science and Math Building on the north side of campus. Dr. Tim Folkerts, the college’s planetarium director, will host the free presentations. Reservations are not required.

Community members will have the opportunity to be immersed in a Christmas wonderland when Barton Community College hosts a holiday open house for its "Festival of Trees" exhibit, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Shafer Gallery.

Area children have spent the past few weeks decorating trees throughout the gallery. In addition, the open house will feature holiday music by the Hieberts, model trains provided by the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association, the Schmidt Memorial Christmas Village will be on display, and the St. Justa Ceramics Guild will have items for sale.

Santa Claus will be on hand with treats and treasures for the kids.

The Gallery’s award winning quilts exhibit, "New Quilts From an Old Favorite," from the National Quilt Museum, will also be on display.

Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be special holiday viewing hours if weather permits from 9-11 a.m., Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. If inclement weather occurs, call 620-792-9342 to see if gallery is open. Admission is always free.