Heritage Museum has big plans for the holidays

Only Grinches would dislike visiting the Heritage Museum the next few weeks.The Museum kicked off a slew of Christmas activities when it unveiled an art exhibit and its annual Christmas Tree Forest this week.The art exhibit, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” featuring angel-themed art work from members of the Caboose Watercolor Society, debuted Tuesday.“Every year we have a theme for our Christmas exhibit and the Caboose Society has an art show in conjunction with that theme,” Museum Director Nancy Raney said. “Last year, our theme was, “A Homespun Christmas” … and this year we're following an angel theme.”The Caboose Watercolor Society — currently comprised of members Leada Wood, Carole Berry, Kay Smith, Sue Bagwell, Linda Rupard and Estelle Howard — was formed in 1997 and has frequently lent its collective talents to the museum during the holiday season, Raney said.Up to 30 paintings from society members will be on display through the Christmas season.A more down-to-earth symbol of the holidays can also be viewed at the museum.The Christmas Tree Forest, featuring more than 30 individually decorated trees, formally debuts Tuesday, although several of the trees are already up and ready for viewing.Museum Curator Tammy Schrecengost said this is the third year the museum has hosted the highly popular exhibit.“The trees are decorated by different groups and individuals. They're very unique and I think they're really beautiful,” Schrecengost said. “Every year, I think they're better than the previous year.”Groups or businesses decorating a tree this year include Mary Kay Cosmetics (its tree will be pink, of course), American State Bank, Signal Mountain Quilters Guild, the Red Hat Ladies and several area schools.