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Community Room will be filled with trees

By Celia McDonald

Main Street’s Festival of Trees is an annual event that kicks off the holiday celebration in Hodgenville. The Community Room is filled with trees to be admired, bid on, voted for or just to provide a holiday atmosphere for other gatherings.

Organizations or churches, who wish to offer a decorated tree, a wreath, a garland or a Christmas banner set up decorated trees at the festival as a moneymaker for their non-profit organization. Individuals can do the same, but the income must go to a non-profit church or group.

Silent auction bids are taken and the auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 during Christmas on Lincoln Square. Setup time is 9 a.m. to 4  p.m. Nov. 2-6. Trees may be viewed 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Viewing opens on  Nov. 7, the day when downtown merchants hold holiday open houses. It continues through Nov. 21.

There will be special activities around these dates to be announced soon.

Our weather is inducing fall fever and the chilly air makes us realize the closeness of the holiday season. Put on your thinking caps and design something special that can be enjoyed by a family or business for years … and put money in your organization’s bank account, all while taking part in an event that has become a Hodgenville tradition.

For an entry form and/or additional information, call the Main Street office at 358-5913, or pick one up from Main Street or the Chamber of Commerce office.

Entries must be received no later than Oct. 23.

October observances

October seems to be a great month for celebrating things – such as Lincoln Days, the value and heritage of newspapers to our nation and our small communities, the contribution of the arts and the humanities to our daily lives, to education, to quality of life and to heritage. All of these work toward some of the same goals as Main Street, letting people know what they need to know about their surroundings, their country, their nation; preserving that information and history and the structures and sites which hold and display that history, that heritage. They all work together toward some common goals, though we don’t often stop to consider that.

This year, the Kentucky Council on Archives will focus on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln and they remind us that records of Lincoln and his family and Mary Todd Lincoln’s family are preserved and made available in numerous archives, special collections, libraries and other repositories in the state.

 “This documentary legacy is a rich resource for all Kentuckians in understanding of our shared historical experience and is of lasting benefit for present and future generations,” said Wayne Onkst, state librarian and commissioner of the Department for Libraries and Archives.

Almost 300 archival and manuscript repositories in Kentucky hold archived records that document the history of the Commonwealth. Their holdings include personal papers, photographs, Bibles, diaries, letters and government records, marriage certificates and wills. Many of these institutions are hosting special events and speakers to highlight archived historical material. A list of these may be seen on their Web site archivesmonth.ky.gov.

To commemorate Kentucky Archives Month, the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board will honor Charles Castner, retired employee of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and long-standing volunteer for the University of Louisville Archives, with a Certificate of Merit for Advocacy of Archives by a private citizen.

Castner has spent much of his life volunteering for various causes and I last wrote about him some 30 years ago to nominate him for another award, which he also won. I’ve forgotten what the award was, but I’ve never forgotten Charlie or the wonderful spirit with which he endowed any project lucky enough to have him as a volunteer.