Sarah Llewellyn (front) doles out ribbon as Jan Fuetter tops the giant tree in the center of the Putnam County District Library main branch in Ottawa. All around them, other tress are being decorated for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
OTTAWA - An open house on Saturday will kick-off the annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Putnam County District Library main branch in Ottawa.
Since 1988, a Christmas Tree Festival has been a yearly event at the Ottawa location of the Putnam County District Library. The Friends of the Putnam County District Library were the originators of this Festival. The event is now jointly sponsored by the Putnam County District Library and the Friends organization. The Christmas Tree Festival has been a welcome feature during each holiday season.
This year's Christmas Tree Festival will run from Saturday, Dec. 7, through Jan. 2. There will be an Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the opening day. The Dulcimer Gatherin', a group of 20 local dulcimer players, will provide special music during that time on Dec. 7.
The trees are provided by individuals, families and groups who are sharing their holiday spirit with a theme of their own choosing. There is no entrance fee for the trees or the spectators, and the trees are not for sale. They are simply on display to enhance the Ottawa library location during the holiday season.
The library will be open during its regularly scheduled hours through this time period: Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed on Fridays as well as Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.