CASPIAN, Mich. (WLUC) – It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas inside the Iron County Historical Museum. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 31st edition of the Christmas Tree Galleria is underway for next week.

“I have been here for several years in a row. I always liked seeing all the trees by the different groups. I think it means a lot, ”said Lori Grundy, a client who visited the gallery on Monday.

Grundy said that for as long as she can remember she attended this event with her mother.

“I took him every year for many years. She is 92 years old, but this year she was not well enough to go, ”she explained.

So, Grundy brought his daughter this time, to continue the tradition.

“I was happy to see it happening this year; it means a lot to the community, ”said Grundy.

Over 31 Christmas trees are in the building, each decorated by volunteers from across the county; you have the chance to see them, for free.

“We’re really grateful to the volunteers, who really helped put this all together. People appreciate all the decorations and the Christmas Cheer; we really need it this time of year, ”said Erika Sauter, director of the Iron County Historical Museum.

But there are some changes to the event. This year, masks and social distancing are required. Sauter said she was not sure what to expect, but foot traffic was stable.

“It’s good that we have such a big space that it’s easy to expand; it’s good that we’re open for so long, ”she said.

The event is open this week, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time and this Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. central time. There are also raffle tickets on sale, to be used to bid on over 40 gift baskets that have been donated.

“This is the museum’s biggest fundraiser. This helps cover all of our expensive utilities over the months, ”Sauter explained.

Suter says it’s a blessing to continue this tradition and spread joy among people, just like the Grundy family.

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