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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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Dozens of Christmas trees light up Turner-Dodge House in Old Town

Dozens of Christmas trees light up Turner-Dodge House in Old Town
Nikki Nicolaou

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

Over 50 decorated trees are lighting up Lansing’s famous Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center, 100 E. North St. during the fourth annual Festival of Trees.

The event is taking place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., through Jan. 3. Admission is $5 per person.

Families, students and community members have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while learning about the Turner-Dodge House’s history.

Barbara Loyer, program manager for Turner-Dodge, said the event is open to everyone, but the second and third floors are not handicapped accessible.

The trees on display are donated by individuals, businesses and organizations of all kinds.  

“The proceeds of the event go to the Friends of Turner-Dodge, whose mission is to support improvements and needs of the house,” Loyer said. “Many Old Town businesses have donated trees, including Habitat for Humanity and the Sierra Club.”

Loyer said she enjoys being involved with the event each year.

“My favorite part of the event is that it brings so many people to the house who have never been inside before,” Loyer said. “It is a huge event that raises awareness about the house and its role in the community.”

According to Loyer the event is focused on getting people into the holiday spirit while providing them with information.

“Although the house is beautiful anyway – you put 55 decorated trees in it and you have a magical wonderland,” Loyer said. “My favorite tree is from the Sierra Club and was designed by a group of Cub Scouts. It was done with repurposed things like bottle caps & cardboard.”

Loyer encouraged people to come to the event.

“The Turner-Dodge is such an important part of our regional history,” Loyer said. “I hope people leave Festival of Trees with a sense of magic, even though it’s not looking good for snow this year.”

Lansing resident Cooper Jefferies said he is new to the area and likes finding new places.

“Festival of Trees was the first time I have got to see the Turner-Dodge,” Jefferies said. “I have heard so much about it, so it seeing it full of lights and holiday spirit was special.”

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