The 6th annual Christmas Forest Exhibit opens in Cookeville today.
Cookeville History Museum Manager Beth Thompson said you can visit the museum to see 20 different Christmas trees decorated by local non-profits and civic organizations.
“As an example, we have the local group of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is really fun,” Thompson said. “They come in and they put children’s books all over the tree, and there’s a life-size cut out of Dolly Parton beside it too.”
Groups such as the Cookeville Art Studio and Gallery, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Putnam County Fair Board and many more will have decorated trees. Thompson said the goal is raise awareness for each group’s mission.
“It’s actually made possible by these wonderful groups that come in and bring in their own tree, their own ornaments, their own concept and themes for their whole project,” Thompson said. “A lot of them are really based on what they stand for.”
Thompson said the exhibit will be open 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday leading up to the Christmas Tree lighting at Dogwood Park. Thompson said displays will be open the entire month of December.
New exhibitors include Tech Trep, Junior Fair Board and Cookeville Leisure Services. Returning favorites are Tennessee State Button Society, Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville Art Studio and Gallery, Daughters of the American Revolution, Putnam County Fair Board, Tennessee Tech Archives, Philanthropic Educational Organization, Family Community Education Clubs, Embroiderers’ Guild of America Iris Chapter, Friends of White Plains, Cookeville Crazy Quilters, Friends of the Cookeville Depot Museum, Friends of the Cookeville History Museum, Imagination Library and Putnam County Master Gardeners.