Rector Community Museum Special Christmas Event Held

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Rector Mayor Teresa Roofe visits with Santa during the open house at the community center.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Cars lined-up in front of the Rector Community Museum, at 310 Main Street, Saturday night as bundled-up parents and children hustled into the warmth that beckoned. The lights of Christmas trees and twinkle lights inside display cases set the mood for its first-ever Christmas party.

Hot spiced cider and cookies donated by Friends of the Museum, and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, highlighted the event. Children made ornaments and took them home for their own trees. Most were dressed in their Christmas finery for photos and several families purchased photo mugs that Joey Pruett made on the spot while families mingled and visited. Even people who had lived in Rector their entire lives found the new display areas intriguing, and friends of all ages admired the large display area. Chrissy Pazanowski treated those in attendance with several well-known Christmas carols and Christmas tunes that audience members sang along with her.

While the bitter weather for Saturday certainly limited the number of families who participated in the event, organizers estimate 40 people gathered for Christmas fun. The first in the collectible series of Rector ornaments was premiered, and continues for sale at $5 each. The 2018 ornament commemorates Rector’s Railroad History. The Festival of Trees also received much attention Saturday night, and the silent auction for the trees continues until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The hours for the museum this week includes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to browse the displays and purchase gifts for relatives, co-workers, Cougar and Blackcat fans, and Rector lovers everywhere.

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