Festival lights up Turner-Dodge House
By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief
A Christmas tree decked out with Cat in the Hat decorations, a tree filled with stuffed animals from top to bottom, and another garnished with photography film strips.
These are just a sampling of what can be found upon entering the Turner-Dodge House in Lansing’s Old Town for the seventh annual Festival of Trees.
The historical three-story house has over 50 decorated Christmas trees on display until the first of the New Year.
The trees are decorated by non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals who are feeling creative this holiday season.
“The festival never disappoints,” said Barbara Loyer, manager of the Turner-Dodge House. “It always amazing how much creativity people have and how much time they put into their trees. Having them all together creates such a Christmas ambiance. It’s really fortifying.”
According to Loyer, the event attracts approximately 500 people a week.
“This is our biggest event at the Turner-Dodge House,” she said.
For Linda Heusinkbeld and her friend Landa Wagar, the Festival of Trees has become a tradition.
“We used to decorate trees for multiple office buildings … so this is right up our alley,” said Heusinkbeld. “There really are some creatives ones.
“My favorite is the one that says, “Say Cheese.” They took rolls of film and made a paper chain out of it. They took old film canisters and glittered them and then they put cameras in (the tree) … they did a wonderful job.”
The “Say Cheese” tree was created by Mid-Michigan Photography Club.
Mary, a Lansing resident, came to the event for the first time with her husband, John. She said she liked the jungle-themed palm tree that was presented by Michael Beebe, the president of the Turner-Dodge Board of Directors.
“We lived here originally, moved to Arizona and then came back, so we’re use to palm trees,” Mary said. “It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see the rest of (the trees).”
Admission to the Festival of Trees is $5 per person and free for children ages 12 and under. The Turner-Dodge House is located at 100 E. North Street in Lansing.
For event hours or more information, visit https://www.lansingmi.gov/938/Turner-Dodge-House.