Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winter Wednesday - Oh Owego O Tannenbaum

Back in November, we visited Owego, the "Coolest Small Town in America", which was devastated in the floods caused byTropical Storm Lee in early September.  Owego is about 20 miles west of Binghamton and is noted for a number of things - historical homes, a lovely town square, some pretty cool gift shops, and just plain friendly people.

At the Tioga County Historical Society, there is a yearly display and auction of Christmas trees in an event called O Tannenbaum.  This is a silent auction of donated trees, wreaths and more.  (This year, due to the flood, only the tree decorations were supposed to be auctioned-not the trees themselves-although that is not what the website is now saying, so maybe that has changed.)

This year the auction closes on Saturday, December 17, and proceeds will go towards the museum's flood recovery.
Some of my pictures are a bit blurry, because I didn't want to use my flash inside the building.
How would you like to win this tree?

Or these?

Or this.

(the one wreath picture I took was just too blurry-sorry about that.)

Many people volunteered in the flood recovery and their hard work made it possible to have the auction this year.  As far as salvaging the museum contents, a lot of hard decisions had to be made and, quite honestly, a lot of items were lost.

But with this auction, flood recovery will continue - and, it is not too late to put in your own bid.

Happy holidays!

1 comment:

  1. Nice publicity for the event! Too many of us forget the communities that are devastated by natural events, once the immediacy has passed.


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